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Mount of the Holy Cross Trail is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 10.1 mi Elevation gain 5,511 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

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Josh Schmitz
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HikingRockyScramble
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Jackson Feaster
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

July 7 - Beautiful trail. A little frustrating to lose so much altitude in the middle, but the valley is honestly a selling point. I felt a little dumb losing the trail so often in the final approach, but a lot of tracks told me others have done it, too (and honestly, when i was on the trail it wasn’t much easier than when i was off). Beautiful summit, perfect conditions, had the mountain to myself so i stayed up top for about a half hour before anyone else came along. Saw some comments about awd to get to the trailhead. It was totally doable in my Kia Optima. My friend did it in her Nissan Sentra. Don’t let anyone getcha down for having a small car ;)

Mikayla Pulliam
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HikingBugsScramble

Awesome and challenging hike!! The drive to the trail isn’t too bad, but I recommend AWD. Most people seemed to sleep in their cars at the trailhead and it was pretty packed with at least 50 cars on the side of the road. Be prepared to climb initially and then descend. After a nice descent starts the big climb to the summit. It’s kinda nice that it isn’t straight up and then straight down on the way back. We considered taking the holy cross ridge loop back, but decided against it because no one was headed that way.

Mitch Thomas
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Hiking

Unbelievable trail. Conditions were perfect, no snow to contend with. Very challenging hike. Once you get above the tree line it is ON. Also, the ascent on the return was tough. Totally worth it, the views were incredible and this peak has a ton of character. Would highly recommend this hike but probably not for a beginner hiker/first 14er. Almost walked into a mountain goat right before the final scramble to the top. He posed for us right on the cliff edge, really cool! Took us 7.5 hours with a 30 minute break on top. Start as early as possible to avoid making the climb in the heat. We started around 5:45 since we were coming from Denver but would have gone earlier if closer.

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Dave Petrusk
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Hiking

Got done in 4 hours, lovely trail. the boulder field at the top is my favorite of any I have done. Only down side was that elevation gain at the end.

JA M.
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Hiking

Trip performance: 30-June, total afternoon hike took 7 hours with rest stop and a few minutes to appreciate the view from the summit. Logged 11.3 miles not 10.1. Maintained 1 mile per ½ hour pace for the 1st 4 miles, then 1 mile per hour for mile 4, then followed the cairns and stakes to the summit. Route conditions: No snow in the trail, clearly marked & maintained path up to the tree line, cairns (rockpiles/ rock pyramids) mark the rest of the route. Note: There are campsites by the river but mosquitoes were out “en force.”

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Kelly Nowlen
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Hiking

#14 Awesome hike. Probably one of the hardest I have ever done. Starts with an uphill until you get over notch pass then goes downhill all the way to the base of Holy Cross. After you cross the stream at the bottom (which is not easy my dad fell and cracked his phone kinda funny but also not funny) its all uphill from there and its steep! A great view is worth all of it though and so many people were on the trail yesterday so get there EARLY for a good parking spot. We got there at about 6:40 and it was packed because people camp at the base of holy cross too. Btw. This is not a 10mile out n back its more like 13miles, at least thats what I tracked.

Stephanie Bohr
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HikingBugs

Great, hard hike. Conditions were perfect on 6/26/20. It was a bit buggy. I didn’t wear bug spray so I got eaten up. Pretty tough at the top... but that’s to be expected. Road was open and we could park in the lot. Lots of great camping on the road up.

Alec Landingham
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Hiking

Summer conditions

Mallory Smith
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Hiking

Notch Mountain Road is closed to vehicles right now due to covid. You can park and hope out of your car to hike to the trailhead but it adds another 8 miles to the hike. Sign says the toad opens to wheeled vehicles on 6/21.

Kristen Wright
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Hiking

This was my first and only 14er so far and it did not disappoint. It was extremely challenging but definitely worth the effort. It was very cold and windy towards the top but lower down it was beautiful. We went in the beginning of October 2019 and the foliage was breathtaking

Jim Boner
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Hiking

So. Fucking. Cold.

Harry M
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HikingIcyOff trailScrambleSnow

Got tubed down the cross couloir April 11th with excellent conditions..did it all in one day with the help of snowmobiles

amon griffith
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Closed

Road closed 4 miles from trailhead on 3/25 :(

Nolan Kluempke
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HikingRockyScramble

This was my first 14er, and it was a difficult hike, but the views from the top made it all worth it! Would definitely recommend hiking this one!

Josh Scarbrough
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HikingRockySnow
David Anspaugh
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Hiking

Great trail. Knees hurt so bad though.

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Marv H
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

So, 3 stars. Yep - worse trail I have ever hiked on. Rocks, roots, talus or all three. Did not enjoy at all (others voiced the same - harder coming down than going up). But got another 14er, so that's something. Dog did enjoy herself, so there's that. Snow was on the top, so needed (or at least I used) microspikes. Others didn't. Just glad it's over. Got to the lot around 8 and it was full. The road up was not bad, take it easy and you can make it.

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