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Mount of the Holy Cross Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 14,005'
Location: 39.4681, -106.479 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Furthermore on Dec 6, 2003
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BETA PHOTO: Holy Cross from Notch Mtn shelter 7-11-04.


Mount of the Holy Cross, which stands at 14,005, is a very scenic mountain hidden away in the northen part of the Sawatch Range near Vail. It contains no technical difficulties; however, it possess some good moderate snow climbs. Its north ridge route is a very popular fourteener hike, and the summit can be crowded.

Getting There 

Take exit 171 off of I-70. Then go south on US 24, and turn right on Tigiwon Road. Take Tigiwon road to Halfmoon Trailhead.

Climbing Season

For the Alpine Rock area.

Weather station 11.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mount of the Holy Cross

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount of the Holy Cross:
Holy Cross Couloir        Alpine, Grade II   
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Rock Climbing Photo: 7/10/04.  First ones up.  Viktor Reznicek resting ...

Holy Cross Couloir   Colorado : Alpine Rock : Mount of the Holy Cross
This would be a 3 star rating except it has a long approach, and has a lot of talus hopping. Take the Halfmoon trail over the pass and down into a valley. From in the bottom of the valley, look for a trail that goes left after the creek. Once you have found the trail, hike south on the trail up the valley to a very large lake (Bowl of Tears) past the couloir; going to the Bowl of Tears bypasses a large cliff which should be avoided. At this point hike west-northwest up to the coulo...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Moonrise over Half Moon Pass, winter 2012.
Moonrise over Half Moon Pass, winter 2012.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mount of the Holy Cross from Vail.
Mount of the Holy Cross from Vail.

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By Ryan Olson
Dec 30, 2003
I was recently in the area and noticed a large potential for good bouldering. Has anyone else noticed this or developed anything? Most boulderers that I know would probably complain that it is too long of an aproach, but I was hoping that someone would've checked it out.
By John R. Williams
From: Fort Collins, CO
Sep 15, 2010
Can anybody tell me something about FAs on the north face? Are there any routes up that face?

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