Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  08/09/2010
Modified:  08/10/2010
Date Climbed:   08/05/2010
Author:  jerryflatlander
 Wet days in the Holy Cross Wilderness  

My wife Kelley's first backpacking trip....she did great as we looped 26 miles through the Mt. of the Holy Cross Wilderness beginning Sunday, 8/1 and ending Friday, 8/6.

We began our trip just outside of Minturn, CO at the Cross Creek TH. Image
Cross Creek TH with me, Kelley and Mike (Kelley's dad).
Unfortunately, rain followed us most of the way Image
Pack covers were the norm throughout the trip.
, but we did get a chance at Mt of the Holy Cross on Thursday, 8/5.

We finally made it up the sloggy Cross Creek Trail after two days of hiking. Image
View from 2nd campsite just below Fancy Pass in Cross Creek drainage
On day 3 we topped Fancy Pass and the scenery changed from pretty (the Cross Creek valley) to georgeous (from Fancy Pass on along the Fall Creek Trail.) Our 3rd camp by one of the Seven Sisters Lakes was incredibly beautiful. Image
3rd nite by one of Seven Sisters Lakes below Fall Creek Pass.

Our climb of Holy Cross started at our campsite 5 switchbacks up the Notch Mountain Trail. (Notch Mtn TH is 2 1/4 miles south of our backpack's end at Fall Creek TH). We would be climbing the Halo Ridge Route. Kelley decided to rest in the tent as 3 of our party began our assault on the peak at 4 am to clear skies. Along with me were my daughter, Hannah and one of her LSU roommates, Adisyn. Picture 5 of Bowl of Tears Lake is taken from Halo Ridge. Image
Summit of Holy Cross reflected in Bowl of Tears Lake

The weather held over the 13ers on the crescent shaped ridge including the last 13er, Pt. 13,831.Image
Hannah peering up at Pt 13,831
We peaked at 11 am and took a quick few photos and started down as the weather started to deteriorate. Image
Me signing summit log.
Hannah and Adisyn on the summit.
Bad weather coming...time to get down!
Once around Pt. 13,831 (unlike the approach where we climbed to the summit of this Top 100 peak, on the return we stayed a little lower and traversed around the south side) we changed our strategy. At that point we decided to get lower quickly due to the approaching storm, so we downclimbed via the Upper and Lower Tuhare Lakes, painstakingly picked our ways around them and returned to our campsite via the Fall Creek Trail. Image
Upper Tuhare Lake on the descent.
We were tired but elated to have finished off such a great hike. We arose to more rain on Friday and packed out.

On the way back to Texas we overnighted in Trinidad, Co and enjoyed our post backpacking trip tradition, a great dinner at Rino's. Image
Me, Kelley, Hannah, Adisyn and Mike at Rino's

Other pictures throughout trip shown beginning with Pic #12, in no particular order. Image
Sunrise over Fancy Pass
Hut on Notch Mountain Trail
Hut again
End of the backpack
Mushrooms were abundant on Cross Creek Trail
Cross Creek rainfall filled the creek
USGS marker
Bridge over Cross Creek
Cross Creek side of Fancy Pass
Fancy Lake
one of the Seven Sisters Lakes
Bowl of Tears Lake and Patricia Lake further down
Treasure Vault Lake and Harvey Lake (in distance) on Cross Creek side of Fancy Pass
Holy Cross City ghost town between Fancy Pass and Fall Creek Pass
View from top of Mt of Holy Cross
Adisyn lounging during one of few sunny moments in Cross Creek basin
Hannah and Adisyn above Fancy Lake
Kelley and Jerry above Fancy Lake

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 Comments or Questions

Beautiful area ...
08/10/2010 14:55
There are so many options in that area for loops such as yours ... congrats on the summit. Happy trails!

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