Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  07/02/2010
Date Climbed:   06/27/2010
Author:  slaggbottom

 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:

Quick summary:
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).

Sample pics:

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


 Comments or Questions
Wish I lived in CO

02/05/2011 00:22
What camera are you using - some sort of wide angle I‘m assuming, or are the photos stitched? Great pics regardless.


camera type
11/30/2010 17:28
I'm using a Canon XSI with 10-22mm lens (wide angle), and also my pocket Canon SD800 cam. I stitch all the panaromic pics using Microsoft ICE software. Half the pics are taken with my XSI (wide angle), half with the SD800. Both yield great panos.



Inspiring Halo!
07/19/2010 17:07
Awesome trip report. It spurred me and my teenaged boys to action. We followed your steps on Saturday 7/17 and ran into only two others until the summit of Holy Cross where we met 50 others and another 200 trudging up the standard route. It was a beautiful day but very warm. We ran out of water just as we were about to crest Halfmoon Pass on the way out. I kind fellow hiker gave us two fingers in the nalgene to tide us over. I highly recommend the Halo Ridge route but be prepared for a long hike. We came in at 10 1/2 to 11 hours.

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