Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  07/25/2010
Date Climbed:   07/25/2010
Author:  srhoades28
 Holy Cross- North Ridge  

We started the day at a 4:30 alarm-on the road by 5. We had to drive all the way from south Denver so we expected to be on the trail by 7:30. I drove up pretty quick from Denver but underestimated the dirt road up to the trailhead. It took about 40 minutes from the base of Tigiwon road up to the trailhead-lots of pot holes and rocks. I was driving my moms toyota corrolla and it made it up, it just took awhile. We got going at about 8:00 with big hopes. The first incline and decline went pretty quickly. We wanted to get on the mountain as quickly as possible because of our late start. Image
Looking at the stunning mountain from the first ridge

Trekking up the ridge went quickly also. Just be sure to stay close to the ridge as some trails do stray to the west. We just followed the cairns and were fine. The final pitch is surprisingly easy. There aren't any false summits. When we were at the base of the final pitch it took about 10 minutes to summit.
North face seen from the ridgeline

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We summitted by 11:30 and left by 12. We made it to the trailhead at 3:00 sharp. Don't be discouraged by the 1000ft incline on the descent. We didn't find this to be too much of a problem.
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Overall a great day of hiking. I highly recommend this hike although doing it earlier in the season would be ideal because we didn't get to see the beautiful white cross. Have fun hiking!

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 Comments or Questions

07/26/2010 03:08
The value of youth! Nice job! Your 7 hrs total hike time along with comments about the 1K ft elev climb out not too much of a problem...I can't echo that from my experience!

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