Climbed 17,000 vertical feet in the last week! Longs Peak started it all on my birthday 6 days ago. Then we backpacked a full circumnav of Mount of the Holy Cross all week. Did 20 miles yesterday, slept at the trailhead, and then woke up and started running. Plan was to go down Halo Ridge, but met a guy on the way up who was bloodied up and who told me not to go down that way if I wanted to make it back in time, so I course corrected. Totally hit a wall on the stupid 1000 ft re-climb on the descent. Still can't believe there's no trail out to that ridiculous waterfall.
Kinda sucked, not the hike but the day..
The good, I made it, #30. The bad, the lack of a defined route and the huge boulders along the Halo Ridge really make for slow going. Even the ridge walk that is flat and that you see from Notch Mountain Shelter and think to yourself, "I can make up some time there," is full of boulders and talus that slow you down. This route is definitely not to be taken lightly.
Stayed at the TH the night before. On the trail by 4:30 am. This is definitely my favorite 14er so far. The views from the trail before dipping into East Cross Creek may even top views of Longs from Mount Lady Washington. It was a low wind day with sunny skies. We were tempted to do the Halo Ridge traverse on the way back but decided against it. Back to the car before noon. 14er #19.
Halo ridge was so beautifil. Great way to combine with Holy Cross Ridge
Nice long hike with a scramble of sorts at the end. good time!
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'.