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Went last Saturday. The weather was perfect! No wind at the summit. Many other people were on the trail that day so by mid afternoon, a lot of the snow was sloshy. It was breath taking seeing the 360 view of snowy mountains

Really scenic trail. I didn’t use spikes or snowshoes though spikes would have been helpful. The trail is pretty packed down and easy to follow, but if you get off the trail you’ll know right away when you end up in waist deep snow.

14 days ago

Summited on 3-9 and the trail was good with micro spikes. There was an area at the timberline where people go off trail and post hole up. If they just kept going straight instead of turning up hill, the trail continues packed

Did this hike back mid September last year. straightforward until 1/4 above treeline. got icy and a bit snowy. had to don microspikes. quads were buurrnniinnngg. vast wind gusts at the top, some shelter but not much. simply amazing views! 3L water was enough. trail was well marked.

28 days ago

Summited on 1/24/2018.
Could have used snow shoes at the base, but I was able to push through with just Microspikes. I only saw two other people and was the only one at the top when I summited. Awesome views and defiantly worth the effort.

1 month ago

Feb 19 2018 hike. Started at 4am. Super windy. Had a ton of struggles with the crampons that I was using. Saw a Snow White ptarmigan! It was awesome!

Made it to false summit around 7am. Was freezing cold and getting blown down. The wind was fierce. Decided to head back. Made it back around 8:45am.

The snow was pretty crunchy.

1 month ago

This was my first 14er and was perfect for that, as there is less elevation gain than most and the trail is gentle. It was far more impressive scenery-wise than I expected. I've hiked 6 other 14ers since and while some others offered more interesting scrambling, wilder exposure, and so on, none quite matched the visual beauty of this hike. I did it in the late afternoon after a big morning thunderstorm, which is unusual, so I got the beautiful late light, which contributed to my experience greatly.

Lots of friendly marmots!

Don't hesitate to give this a go!

Lots of mountain goats

They elevation made this hike more difficult, but the view from the top is definitely worth it. I started hiking around 7:50 in the morning and arrived at the summit at about 11:55. I spent about 2 and a half hours at the summit and left to head down at 2:30. I arrived at the trail head at 5:30. It was challenging but i would definitely recommend doing this hike.

2 months ago

Climbed on 1/20/18
Not as much snow as we were expecting. Ended up not using our snowshoes at all. Great weather the whole hike, clear skies and sun. Wind was rough at the top: 40-60mph gusts, didn’t spend much time up there. Spectacular views though. Lost the trail a couple of times in the snow which made it more challenging.
Had to park about a mile below the Leavick parking site. Turned this into a 10mile round trip for us.

Hiked 9/21/17.

Definitely doable in a day, but I skipped Bross. It is on private property and they patrol it pretty frequently. I didn't feel like I missed out in any way by not doing it, though. Went up to Democrat, then to Cameron and Lincoln. The summit of Lincoln was my favorite - beautiful 360 degree view. Most of the trail isn't very exposed, but that meant we were caught a little off-guard when the winds got strong up high. Get an early start, 8:00am at the latest. We started late and were rushing to get down before nightfall. This wasn't too difficult of a hike for my first 14ers, just expect it to take awhile. And be sure to acclimate to the altitude as much as possible in advance, and it will go much more smoothly! :)

2 months ago

I hike this 14er a lot because it is accessible year round to a 2WD vehicle, with the trailhead just off the road from Hoosier Pass. As others say, it gets very busy in the summer and fall.

I hiked up yesterday morning (Jan. 9) and was amazed by the lack of snow. But the trail, which follows the ridge, was almost 95 percent in snow, so I definitely recommend microspikes. A few areas of deep drifts where I was post-holing.

Great climb for the middle of winter. Just wish there was more snow.

Just heard that it is snowing in nearby Breckenridge! Fingers crossed!

Great 14er!

easy too many tourists better to do kelso ridge. even an easy winter way up to bag a super awesome couloir

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. A huge snowpack on the upper ridge when hiking it in June made it difficult.

This is a decent trail. There is one rough section just below the first false summit but it’s doable in good weather.

3 months ago

Did this hike on 12/11 and it was beautiful! We saw Rocky Mountain goats, pikas and marmots which was exciting! We were unfortunately unable to summit because we lost a shoe clamp without either snow shoes or clamps this hike is impossible. A little more difficult than I had expected but easy in 14er standards and really gorgeous. Can't wait to try this hike again!

Summited 12/19. Snow was patchy throughout, very hard packed. No need for snowshoes, but microspikes and poles were a must. Otherwise perfect early winter conditions!

3 months ago

Very beautiful and very hard. You have to go over a 1,400 ft elevation gain ridge and then straight back down it before you even start to hike Holy Cross. Bring a TON of water and water filtration to refill at the stream crossing. I burned through 5L on summit day. My friend and I did it as the first backpacking trip of the Summer and it was tough over 3 days and 2 nights. Bring bug spray. Our temps got up to high 70's in the day and high 20's at night in July, reapplied sunscreen like 20 times in 3 days and still got some sun exhaustion. Once you get about 1 mile past the ridge a view opens up of Holy Cross that is the most beautiful view I've seen in Colorado.

Attempted to summit 12/16. Definitely need at least poles and traction. Would have been preferable with snowshoes above tree line due to deep snow and post holing.

Made it to summit with my son on 12/11. Used micro spikes and poles, very helpful. Very windy and cold at top. 5 hours round trip. Was great fun. Very open hike, rising above tree line early on. Then pretty consistent ascent to top. Views from summit are spectacular!

Did on 12/9 with yak trax and poles. Probably would’ve been easier with crampons, but wasn’t too bad.

Make sure you have poles and spikes. We didn’t and had to turn back, but can’t wait to try again. Challenging especially when you live at 80 feet above sea level.

3 months ago

Definitely a busy trail, so getting to the trailhead as early as you can (before full sunrise) is best. The hard work is worth the breathtaking views! We went in July and there were tons of mountain goats parallel to the trail despite the crowds!

3 months ago

Made this hike on 12/1 and it was definitely worth it. The temperature wasn't too bad, but the wind was extremely cold and strong at some moments. We didn't need show shoes but microspikes and trekking poles were helpful with the final approach. We saw a heard of mountain goats and only 3 other people!

11/26, failed summit attempt... 1) 5 miles before getting to the trail head was cover by snow, challenging and kind of dangerous (have to speed up to go over hills but couldnt see incoming traffic). 2) started at 730am, but heavy snow on the trail before the tree line, have to switch between snowshoes and crampons several times. 3) struggled too much just to get to the tree line (1130) plus altitude sickness, finally gave up at the first false summit (1230). Thanks for people who posted here. I have gotten good information by reading the reviews.

3 months ago

First 14er - nice hike - hard wind - spectacular views

Sept 2017

Definitely recommend yaktrax but it is doable without them if you’re determined!

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