Holy Cross Wilderness - Eagle Ranger District Wilderness Area Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
#88 of 176 trails in

Holy Cross Wilderness - Eagle Ranger District Wilderness Area Trail is a 13.4 mile out and back trail located near Eagle, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3920 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

Directions from Eagle: The Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southeast of Eagle. The trails on the Eagle Ranger District portion of the wilderness area are accessed by either East Brush Creek Road, south of Eagle, or by West Lake Creek Road, south of Edwards.

21 days ago

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2 months ago

One of the best we have been on in this area. Great variety of terrain and great scenery. A bit overgrown in areas, but not too buggy. Nice gravel road to trailhead. Did not see many people.

I'm not sure where people found a lake on this trail but there isn't one.. unless there's some unmarked trail that takes you down to a secret lake that's not on this map. No, those 2 bodies of water along the way are not lakes, those are marshes. Anyways, got up to the parking lot around 645am on a Monday and was pleased it was empty. Gorgeous trail that's well maintained, had lots of time to take everything in and explore. Ended up getting almost to the end when I realized the lake was not on this trail and turned around, still went 12.8 miles total so I made it pretty far. Lots of wildflowers right now and it's a nice change to be hiking in mostly covered trail. Looking forward to exploring this area more!

4 months ago

Such an awesome trail. Perfect if you want to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. To get there you need to drive on a gravel road a short distance and there is a place for parking that worked out well. We didn't make it nearly to the end as this is such a long trail, but this trail was a good challenge with a variety of ups and downs. Totally serene and some of the wooded areas are almost mesmerizing--I would totally recommend this trail!

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Best trail I have ever been on. Nice climb up to the beautiful lake. Hiked/climbed up to the snow line. A must see if you get the chance.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Awesome trail with great scenery. Glad I knocked that off my list before winter sets in. Passed only a handful of people in the 5 day hike.