Loop around the Bowl of Tears, Halo Ridge to North Ridge
Great hike, but like everyone else, not a fan of the 1000 foot drop on the way there.
My boyfriend loves the high alpine, so we tackled this one for his 28th. We went with some friends and backpacked into the campsites Friday evening, summited early Saturday morning, and made it back to the car around lunch time. I dislocated my hip skiing a few years ago, and for the first time since, it was tremendously cranky. The rayleigh scattering, dawn alpenglow, and vistas helped even out the scale, though.
I went up the normal route and down Halo Ridge. Halo Ridge is LONG. But easy. I left car at 630, summitted at 930 and got back down Halo Ridge and to my car at 2:30. I was proud of that sort of short day until I read how fast some of these other animals summitted. That is why I love Colorado- someone always sets the bar high!
I rushed to the TH at 3:30pm and thought I totally have enough time to car-to-car before dark. With great determination I got back before 8pm with an average pace of 21 minutes :) The turn at mile 3.6 revealing the Mountain itself is akin to emerging out of the tunnel in Yosemite–an unbelievable vista with impossible proportions.
This is my favorite 14er to date.
via Notch Mtn and Halo Ridge
07/08/2016: W/ Brent and Michael
Hiked in 1997 with a friends from college.
First summit of fall vacation and you could tell I came from 400 feet only two days before. Six hours and forty minutes up, twenty minutes on top, and four hours and fifty minutes back down. If the weather wasn't perfect I never would have been able to pull it off.
#1 7-8-16 W/ Brent & Yz. Up in 5+21, taking our time. Touched snow one time only - the upper edge of the Angelica Couloir. Breathtaking views of the mountain on the descent from Half Moon Pass enervate one like nothing else. Fabulous trail maintenance makes what could be a difficult hike into a pleasurable experience. The final scramble up to the summit was just plain fun. Look forward to doing Angelica and Cross Couloirs next year. Saw marmots by the dozen, chipmunks, field mice and ptarmigans. Final 14er (5th) of seven great days in south central Colorado. At the TH after the hike some generous hikers about to leave for the East Cross Creek camping area shared watermelon with us, and watermelon has never tasted so good. Thanks to them!
From the Fall Creek trail and Halo Ridge to Holy Cross Ridge Peak and onto Mount of the Holy Cross. Descended the Half Moon trail making for a great loop. Awesome hike and first 14er.
I made the summit via the Halo Ridge. I flew out from Pennsylvania with my brother for his first fourteener experience.
After only 1 night in Colorado, we hiked in to set up camp at about 11,000 feet. This may have been a mistake, as my brother developed altitude sickness and was knocking on my tent at 10:30 pm. In my edible-induced haze, I got out of my tent and assisted him to our car at the trailhead. From there, we drove down the dirt road until we found a spot to pull over and sleep at about 8,000 feet.
After a largely sleepless, cold night in the car, I was hiking solo toward the Halo Ridge at about 7 am. At this point, the altitude was kicking my ass too, but I soldiered on anyway. I saw a couple of dudes camped out at the hut at the base of the ridge and stopped to chat for a minute. They were also from the northeast and described the Halo Ridge as similar to Katahdin's Knife Edge... not sure that I agree, but to each their own. There was not a soul in site for the remainder of the day.
As I approached the summit cumulonimbus clouds were forming, and I knew I needed to motor a bit. Getting up the final push to the summit was a bitch (especially after ascending the 13er you go over first), but I made it. I had the summit all to myself, and soaked it all in for a minute before heading down.
By the time I got back to the hut, I was getting nailed with hail... a common Colorado occurrence for me, Good thing I brought a good hard shell with me!! Made it back to the car rather quickly from here.
In total, I think the whole day took me about 10 hours or so. The Halo Ridge was a beautiful hike and the Holy Cross Wilderness was probably the most isolated and remote place I've experienced in Colorado. Beautiful country!!
I joined some friends on the halo ridge up and standard down. Almost 6,000ft gain and summited three 13ers. I struggled with acclimatization due to no sleep or food before. Long tiring day. I wouldn't want to have down the mountain any other way
4hrs up/3hrs down, convenient 14'er to do when taking a break from driving on I-70. Enjoyed seeing the misty summit early on the trail before descent into Half-moon campground. Trail is stepped thru granite and well established ridge line until last 300'.
Great hike with a Meetup group!
Loved this hike. Beautiful scenery throughout.
Climbed the north ridge route in early november. There was quite a bit of snow from 11,000 feet on up. Great weather!
North Ridge. Beautiful day!
Summited 14,005 ft. Mount of the Holy Cross on a rainy, foggy, snowy overcast day. Backpacked solo up to Half Moon with a full pack and stayed the night, hit the trail to Holy Cross at 6 AM, met up and hiked with other random hikers, and made the summit around noon. Back to the car at 4:15PM. Long day and 12 miles covered.
Nice views! Felt like shit at that elevation. Climbed the Bells on the 6th and 7th...amazing how quickly the body acclimated to the altitude...they felt MUCH better!