Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Holy Cross Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 days ago

Lots of trees and not many open views.

could not access the trail.. the road was about 8 miles of 4wd snow covered road. beautiful out there though !

backpacking
6 months ago

Gorgeous area. Savage peak just dawns over you, and the lakes are beautiful. I camped here, and if you plan to do the same, keep in mind that much of the year it can be somewhat swampy and if you don't get there early you're options for a dry camping spot are pretty limited.

One of the most beautiful vistas I’ve seen.

Aspens were great today, September 30. Be sure to go all the way to the bridge over the creek.

Good hiking trail. No obstructions. Moderate ascents and descents. Very scenic. Many aspen groves. Probably about a week late for peak aspen color change. Hiked to bridge and enjoyed lunch by creek. Very few hikers, maybe about a dozen. Highly recommend.

A beautiful hike through a huge aspen grove. 5 starts for hitting it around the peak of the yellowing leaves today. My Apple Watch called it 4.7 miles from the trailhead to the bridge and back.

Pretty view of the aspens in late September!

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike! A bit steep at the beginning but then mellows out a bit. The streams and lakes are incredibly beautiful! Be sure to take big spray. Highly recommend!!

8 months ago

Ran into 2 hunters and 4 hikers the whole day. A good spot to actually enjoy nature. The hike has an incline the majority of the trail, it's a big gain in elevation.

hiking
8 months ago

Very lush full of wild life and berries along the trail for miles. Nice views of some peaks through the aspen trees at the start, as you descend into the valley you will find a bridge crossing the stream where most hikers will end their hike. If you travel past this bridge you will find beautiful waterfalls first one a half mile past second one is at a mile up, and so on. Mushrooms galore.

backpacking
8 months ago

This was a challenging hike with a wonderful destination. It was challenging due to the rapid elevation gain, but otherwise, the trail was easy to follow. Once in the basin, we were treated with stunning views of the lakes and surrounding rock formations. The condition of the trail at the beginning of the hike and the Labor Day crowds are the only things that kept this from being rated with 5 stars.

Pretty approach. Well designed switchbacks. Great summit ridge view of Mt. Holy Cross.

Great trail to hike with a loved one as the lake's beauty is beyond reproach.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike, you're going up the whole time but it's short and sweet! Beautiful up top! My husband did fish a little.. large trout in there!

Beautiful. Good for trail running

hiking
9 months ago

I would classify our group (4 of us) as intermediate hikers, although being from the Midwest, we don't get to experience the elevation or climb like hikes in Colorado. We found this hike moderately hard, but an excellent challenge. It was certainly worth the many switchbacks and steep rock climb / descent. The view of the two lakes as well as Mt of the Holy Cross are gorgeous. We were told to start as early as possible (5am), and this was good advice. We ended up actually starting at 5:30am, and we had plenty of time to summit, descend and begin our car ride back before it started to rain. Especially if you're not used to the elevation, bring plenty of water. I drank 3 liters, and this was sufficient, but I probably should have had more. The temperatures at the top were likely in the mid-40s, so wear layers and prepare for wind at the top. We packed trail mix, boiled salt and parmesan potatoes, Clif Bloks, peanut butter pretzels and jerkey, and we felt our nutrition plan was very successful. This is a beautiful hike where you can experience a variety of terrains, wildlife and flora. We would love to do this one again if we return to the area.

hiking
9 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever experienced! This one has it all - waterfalls, lakes, trees, rocks, some wildlife and wildflowers!

It is pretty steep - almost just as important for the back half of the hike (watch your footing!) as the out half. If it has rained can be pretty muddy and slippery - plan accordingly! The weather went from beautiful to raining in a half hour or so - so TAKE RAIN GEAR! A rain jacket will do you just fine, at least based on what we experienced, although it did get windy as well!

Make sure you have plenty of water and some snacks! My friend and I each had a large hydroflask full of water and that seemed to be plenty for the out and back, but we likely could have used more!

We want to go back & do this as a thru hike with Fancy Pass and camp at the lakes! Cannot wait to hike this again.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely fabulous hike! Mushrooms of all shapes and sizes and the beautiful lake! Gorgeous and a great workout! My two dogs loved it almost as much as me!

backpacking
9 months ago

Difficult yet beautiful hike! My three boys and wife camped out at the big lake last night! We were the only people there! We saw marmots and enjoyed all the scenery. I highly recommend this hike! Dirt road getting there is not in great shape so if you only have a car, you might want to consider going with someone with a high clearance vehicle.

hiking
9 months ago

Tough but gorgeous hike. Beautiful scenery the entire way. A waterfall pretty early into the hike, then a beautiful lake after that (but not the lake you want, continue on from here). You always have a stream or creek along side you. If you get lucky you might see a marmot family at the first lake. Once reaching Missouri Lakes you will be in awe! Mountains as the backdrop.
This hike is highly recommended. Bring lots of water though, and mosquito repellent.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely spectacular hike! It's a bit of a haul to,get there, but the scenery is worth it! Bring bug spray, wear good shoes and have plenty of water, as you will be in the sun a lot. We went up,to the top of the pass and my Alltrails map showed we did 8.2 mi with 2031 ft elevation. It took us under five hours with photo stops (we live in Breck, so elevation not huge issue). There are pit toilets at the trailhead.

backpacking
9 months ago

Beautiful views throughout the trek from wildflowers, stream crossings, lakes to, mountains and of course marmots and more. Well marked trail, gradual climb and easy to find many campsites with amazing sights. Make sure to bring bug repellent.

hiking
9 months ago

Buggy to the max! Covered with DEET spray - but still got bit. Tons of biting and stinging insects buzzing around your head and in your face. It seemed no matter where we stopped to catch our breath, insects swarmed. Steeper than expected. The trail gets pretty narrow in places. I cannot imagine children and dogs enjoying this trail this time of year. There are many other moderate trails with equally beautiful views and much prettier wildflowers.

This is a beautiful hike! We stopped for pictures often as the scenery is so gorgeous the entire way. Definitely bring bug spray, mosquitos were out in full force.

Easy to follow trail with lots of scenic views. Had to stop for pictures many times which translates to we were loving it!

hiking
9 months ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this trail. The climb alongside the creek was dotted with wildflowers, and the gorge and waterfalls were spectacular. We reached the lake, had lunch, and headed down, 5 hours including our photo stops.

hiking
9 months ago

I've hiked this trail three times discovering new features every time. I recommend hiking a mile beyond the bridge over Cross Creek for the outstanding views of Cross Creek from higher elevations. Many folks turn around at the bridge over Cross Creek which a very nice hike. But ther additional effort beyond the bridge is rewarded with wonderful views. I have met families hiking to this point beyond ther bridge who pitch a tent and stay overnight so they can fish the pools of Cross Creek. The wild flowers during late July and early August are outstanding. But if you don't want to hike this 600 foot gain in altitude which is very manageable, there are places even before you reach the bridge that offer an outstanding picnic location for a shor day hike. Be aware that the parking at the trailhead is limited. I recommend arriving at the trailhead at 9 AM or no later than 10 AM.

backpacking
9 months ago

Beautiful backpacking trip! Be ready for a climb and scenery you'll be in awww over. Pack bug repellant and a fishing pole! Go to lake 2 for great camping. There are lots of hidden spots to find.

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