Holy Cross Conditions ?

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Holy Cross Conditions ?

Postby illusion7il » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:33 am

I was thinking about going for Holy Cross Tomorrow. Does anyone have an update on the conditions since the recent precipitation. Also would would conditions on the road as well. Is anyone else planning on going up tomorrow ?
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Re: Holy Cross Conditions ?

Postby Birdie » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:25 am

There was no new snow Friday night or Saturday until I left around 5pm, despite the weather forecast. I do not know if there was any new snow accumulation Sat night/today, but there were a few people still up in that area who might be able to comment. Snow started intermittently on Holy Cross's standard route just above treeline, and was somewhat difficult to avoid starting around 12,500'. The snow along the trail was not deep, but it was slippery and icy at times. Microspikes and trekking poles would be helpful. There is snow on the summit as well, but still plenty large dry rocks to sit on.

There was no snow on the road up to the TH. It was completely dry.
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Re: Holy Cross Conditions ?

Postby jmc5040 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:24 am

The prior post is very accurate regarding the standard route. The trail was packed in well so following it is not a problem. I descend the Halo Ridge and found similar conditions with sun baked snow which will lead to a bit of ice/crust on that route as well. Either route is in great shape, but I would definitely suggest coming with micro spikes. They would definitely help in numerous spots, but the routes can be done bare boot as well. The snow was melting yesterday so another day of sun will keep that process up. The Tigiwon road was basically dry as of last night (7 pm) minus a few avoidable puddles. A 2WD vehicle can make it to the TH with no problem. It takes a good 20 minutes to drive the road unless you really beat your vehicle. Have fun!
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Re: Holy Cross Conditions ?

Postby jaminaway » Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:23 pm

What time are you planning to leave the TH?
I work late tonight and have mon-tue off. Initial plan is camp monday, hike tuesday

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