The strikingly beautiful Holy Cross Wilderness area is well known in Colorado. Although Mount of the Holy Cross already has an area listing in the Colorado Alpine Rock section of Mountain Project, this area was added to the Colorado Ice & Mixed section because of the nature of the routes described, as well as the nature of the potential routes around Lake Patricia and the Bowl of Tears.
Take exit 171 off of I-70. Then go south on US 24, and turn right on Tigiwon Road. Take Tigiwon road to Half Moon Trailhead. From the trailhead, Lake Patricia is about four miles in and the summit of Holy Cross about six. Tigiwon Road is closed in winter, extending the approach by about eight miles. So, if you get there after the road closes, go in motorized to the trailhead (which will take you about twenty minutes) or tuck your chin, roll your shoulders, and enjoy those extra 16 round trip miles.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Holy Cross/Notch Mountain:
Dismas WI4-5 M3-4 Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 190 feet
Gestas WI5-6 R Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 190 feet
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Dismas WI4-5 M3-4 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Holy Cross/Notch Mountain
Dismas, and its sister route to the right, Gestas, were put up in October 1997, after local school teacher Brian Childress spied the top of the flow from a mile away while fishing the Cross Creek Valley. The claim of first ascent here is taken with a measure of caution, however, because the flow is so prominent and obvious from Lake Patricia and the North Ridge of Holy Cross that I fully expect Ferguson and/or Wilford to pipe up and explain how they did the first ascent with leashless alpine ha...[more] Browse More Classics in CO