Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  10/22/2010
Date Climbed:   10/15/2010
Author:  krs1

 Mt. of the Holy Cross via the Halo Rige & North Ridge  

Ascent Route: Fall Creek Tr./Notch Mtn. Tr./Halo Ridge Tr.
Descent Route: North Ridge/Half Moon Tr.
RT Mileage: 13 Miles
Vertical Gain: 5400'
RT Time: 12 hrs.

For months I've been wanting to do the Halo Ridge on Mt. of the Holy Cross, but I didn't know if the time was right considering the search for James Nelson. After much consideration I decided to make a go for it last Friday. This endeavor was not all about the summit, but more importantly about spending time glassing the valley floors, slopes, ridges and lakes around Holy Cross for signs of James. Sad to say I saw no signs of James. The report is intended to give a pictorial of the Holy Cross Wilderness Area to not only show its beauty, but also its ruggedness.

Note: The loop is currently in difficult conditions due the talus slopes, specifically the north facing ridge, holding snow and creating trap doors i.e. ankle biters and breakers. The route is tricky so take great care if you are going embark on it. Also, I'd highly recommend trekking poles.

"The Cross" from the Notch Mtn. Shelter

Start of the Halo Ridge

Tuhare Lake from the Halo Ridge

The path towards PT 13,373

Bowl of Tears

PT 13,373

PT 13,765

The view from the summit of Holy Cross

View from the summit

The north face of Holy Cross

The summit of Holy Cross from the North Ridge Route

Holy Cross from the ascent of the Half Moon Pass


 Comments or Questions

10/23/2010 16:01
Nice pics and thanks for searching as you were out there. I have the Halo Ridge route on my ”to do” list.


10/23/2010 21:00
Love the snow up there. I might have to return to that one in mid-October sometime. Easily one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on!

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