Peak:  Mt. of the Holy Cross (14er)
 Route:  North Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  danernst
 Date of Info:  10/20/2011
 Date Posted:  10/21/2011

Tigiwon is open and easily passable in a 4wd. There is anywhere from 3 to 6" of snow on the lower trail. In areas, the drifts were knee high. Once across East Cross Creek, the snow became more of a problem. We were the first ones up since the snowfall on Monday, and had to break trail, with lots of post-holing. Easiest was to step on the exposed rocks at the sides of the trail. Followed this method just about the rest of the way up. On the rock-covered ridges and slopes, stepping on only the exposed rock was critical. In between rocks, the accumulated snow hid whatever was beneath, whether rocks or nothing, and we occasionally plunged up to our waists in snow and got feet wedged between hidden rocks. The extra effort involved in hiking in the snow was considerable, as compared to the many fourteeners we've done on bare ground. In combination with the ascent of Half Moon Pass on the way out, it was a long and grueling day, but definitely worth it, and very memorable.

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