Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  07/30/2018
Date Climbed:   07/29/2018
Author:  SpringsDuke
 #28 Mt. of the Holy Cross   

#28 Mt. of the Holy Cross

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Like a true WildWander after leaving North Maroon Peak I drove to Half Moon Campground to sleep overnight and hike Holy Cross the next day. Great camping at the trail head for $15 overnight. You can hike halfway in and camp at designated sites near East Cross Creek that are free but all taken when I hiked through the next morning so they appear to go quickly on weekends.


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Sunrise over Half Moon Pass


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After gaining 1000 feet this is the point where you start to decline the 1000 feet to East Cross Creek. Like everyone else complains it is a pain when your coming back from the summit. I loudly cursed at it a few times.


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First view of Mt. of the Holy Cross. East Cross Creek and those campsites you pass are below in the thick trees.


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Looking west while standing on the trail on the ridge of Holy Cross


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Follow the ridge and the large cairns


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Leaving Mt. of the Holy Cross slowly climbing back up to Half Moon Pass to get back to the trail head. A popular camp and recreational spot so many dozen others gained the summit and even more fishing and camping in the area. Took me 4 hours up and 3 hours down.





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