| The immaculate beauty of Halo Ridge, with Halfmoon Pass descent
I hiked up Notch Mountain for a morning view of the Cross, then continued on Halo Ridge to the summit, before completing the loop down over Halfmoon Pass. Stunning beauty to behold!
Full report here: http://matt.tracz.org/2010/06_27/
There are a handful of snow patches along Halo Ridge, but all are either avoidable, or very short and easy sloped. Didn't need an axe/crampons. I hiked in a clockwise direction, which offers a sunrise glimpse of the Cross from Notch Mountain, and stunning views looking up Halo ridge during the hike, but also results in the 1000' climb of Halfmoon Pass in the end. I know some people choose the opposite direction to avoid the re-climb, but I think going clockwise is worth the better view. Be sure to look for the Fall Creek Trail, which is slightly below the Halfmoon Trail, towards the campground (I didn't find a separate trailhead at first, and took the Halfmoon Trail, expecting a fork early on).
Notch Mountain shelter (closed for the summer), and Holy Cross...
Ridge leading up to Pt. 13,248'
Ridge leading to Pt. 13,373'
Neck in ridge at saddle before Pt 13,831'
Last stretch of ridge to Holy Cross
A look down the Cross Coulior
A look at all the sub-peaks on Halo Ridge
The north ridge of Holy Cross (standard route)
Looking across the basin on the descent