Mount of the Holy Cross Trail

HARD 25 reviews
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Mount of the Holy Cross Trail is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
1 day ago

Absolutely fantastic trail and route leaving you with wonderful views of holy cross and the surrounding area. Currently a few patches of snow in the upper trees along with several avoidable patches around 12,000 ft. Be mindful that you still have to climb 1,000 feet on the way out so drink plenty of water and come prepared for Colorado weather.

hiking
5 days ago

17 days ago

Save some gas (and water) for the hike out!

2 months ago

Did this in September, backpacked in and started at 3am, best star gazing ever, super great fall color and one of my fav 14ers!

7 months ago

Big hike, great scenery!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

It's a bummer to lose 1000 ft and have to regain, but this was a great hike to get in shape for Rainier.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome, lots of hiking till you get to the cabin, then if you do the whole circle trail there is a lot of climbing involved, on a 13er to get to the 1000ft mountain part then desend down. Great view of the lake below.

backpacking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

The hike is a crusher but also amazing. We backpacked in the first day and camped near the creek. The moon came up and we made huge shadows over the valley. That was a trip. :) Next day we climbed the peak. Not for the faint of heart. Hiking out is brutal because of the climb out of the creek. Go to Pazzos Pizza in Vail and drink beer and eat pizza afterwards. When I did it as a day hike it is long and tiring. Leave early to avoid afternoon lighting when above tree line. Stay very high right when descending the ridge from the top. Easy to drop to low to the left because of the double fall line and miss the trail. Some people have gotten lost and die when they get lost in this area.

hiking
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Relatively tough with the the initial climb to timberline being negated by going all the way back down to 10,500 at the creek. Beautiful overall, took us about 10 hours.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Difficult considering we has never packed in to camp before. Most gorgeous 14er I have done (lakes and views). Bring tons of bug spray and be prepared to summit twice.

cross country skiing
Friday, June 19, 2015

hiking
Friday, June 19, 2015

It is a beautiful trail! Can't wait to do it again!
Bug spray is absolutely needed!

hiking
Thursday, April 09, 2015

camping
Saturday, March 07, 2015

Hiked over one pass and went down into the valley. I set up camp and keep on hiking to the top of Mount of Holy Cross. Where a storm was coming in. So being the only person on top I head back to camp. The next day I hiked out. It was will worth the trip.Lots of scenery.

hiking
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bug Juice. A must.

hiking
Sunday, July 20, 2014

hiking
Monday, June 30, 2014