Notch Mountain

HARD 19 reviews
#3 of 16 trails in

Notch Mountain is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2949 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

4 miles south of Minturn to Tigiwan Rd.,FS 707, turn right and drive 8 miles to Fall Creek trailhead.

hiking
25 days ago

1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

I did this trail on 17 of july 2017. Very easy route with an amazing view from the top, several marmots and white ptarmigans all around.You can shorten the numerous switchback in the last 600 ft before reaching the shelter. Recommended !!

hiking
3 months ago

we did this trail in July of 2016, I feel the distance is off as well, we logged over 11 miles on our gps.

this is one of my favorite trips ever, but it is crushing with nonstop switchbacks and a summit that is not visible from said switchbacks.

as such, put your head down and keep digging. it is worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

This hike is longer than you think. You are above tree line for a long time. Be sure to bring lots of water and protection. (Lots of rocks so think about paw protection for your pups!)
We did this trail June 30, 2017. There was barely any snow left. Just a couple small patches and one large patch. The large patch had us lose the trail, but it was straight across the rocks. Then it is switch back city! Just when you think you are almost there- surprise another switchback!
The view of Mt. Holy Cross is awesome! There were times of wild flowers, some blooming, some about to bloom. The shelter seemed like a safe space if you need to ride out a storm.
All in all, I would have liked a little more time to spend at the top. There should be some lakes between Notch mountain and holy cross that are viewable from the flat top. I had to scurry down though... Next time!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Excellent hike, but our GPS showed 5.8 miles from Fall Creek trailhead to the shelter for an 11.6 mile round trip. Hiked early July, and the Cross was still full of snow. Lots of variety on this hike - high mountain lakes, several streams, high altitude alpine views, etc. The drive in on Tigiwon Road was a mini-adventure by itself.

hiking
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Long hike. Nice day. Hiked up their twice. 2000 ,July

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

This is a great hike that starts at the Fall Creek trail head. After walking in the forest for 2.5 miles, this trail intersects with the Notch Mt. trail and starts up Notch Mt. You break out of the trees and see wildflowers on the open hillsides above Timberline. You then hike to the switchbacks that take you to the top of the mountain where you get a awesome view of Mt. of the Holy Cross. There is a Rock House on top of Notch Mt. that comes in handy in case of a thunderstorm,which happens often. A strenuous hike but well worth the effort.

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Monday, August 05, 2013

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

This is a beautiful hike with a variety of scenery. We began a bit later than we should because it did storm on us when we summited. I would begin around day light if possible. Awesome hike all the same!

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Monday, July 02, 2012

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

We were a little disappointed that it did not actually go to the notch... but only a little. It's a beautiful hike with great views.