What a long day via the Halo Ridge. Topped out on Point 13,831 and then got Holy Cross. Mother nature reminded us of how the weather can be in the fall. Snowed almost all day.
This was one of my two favorites from my journey to Colorado. I really wanted to try the Halo Ridge route but decided against it since I was solo. The standard route was really fun anyhow and I spent the first night next to a small waterfall down in the cross creek basin. See my Trip Report about doing seven 14ers in eight days.
Single day hike from Halfmoon pass TH.Hiked with a well acclimatized friend.He was on a schedule,so it was keep up with him or bust.I made it to the end of the ridge and saw him running back down from the top.Frustrating to get that close.Met some nice dudes who said they had gotten caught in a whiteout the year before.Hope they did it-I will be back next year!
This route turned out to be a lot harder and longer than we anticipated. Be sure to read the whole page describing this route if you plan to take it. We camped at Lake Constantine and summitted the mountain the following day. It took us 11 hours round trip (back to Lake Constantine), and it was trailless bouldering almost the whole time. We returned by dropping into the upper Tuhare Lake drainage basin--I preferred this way over the route going up. We were under-prepared, but we made it back just before dark. For more of my comments on this route, see the Climber's Log on the "Halo Ridge and Fall Creek Drainage Varia" route page.
A very long day that included Holy Cross Ridge and the other points.
Hiked with Stephanie, Keith and Colleen.
Marginal weather but we managed to miss all the rain!
Great weather!!!...beautiful blue skies made for a perfect summit via the standard north ridge route. Literally spent one second on top because my "greatest friend", chip the dog decided he couldn't make the last few hundred feet..guess he got cold paws, no worries as he proved a great partner! A great mountain definitely! I was very surprised how easy the large elevation gains were stepped away. This mountain proved a real confidence builder, thanks mount holy cross!
Climbed with friend Mike. Completed in about 8 1/2 hours. Tough hike out. Nice Day. 8th 14er in Colorado...9th overall.
This is just a fantastic mountain, I was totally taken with it. Yes, the hike back up to Half Moon Pass at the end of a long day was a test of wills, but we got through it. I slept like a baby the night after this hike - I don't think I even moved for 8 hours straight. Partner: Jill.
Nice hike with my dog, beautiful mountain!
Went up Holy Cross via the Halo Ridge and came back down (and quite a bit of up) the standard route. The weather and view were beautiful.
We hiked into the East Cross Creek area and set up a camp. It stared raining just before we set up. Two days of rain followed. On the 3rd day the weather broke in the AM so we went for it. The creek was too high so we had to bushwack to the left to find a way to cross. The 'skeeters were ferocious.We got to the top of the snowfield, maybe a half mile from the summit, and the nasty weather came back in. It rained for another full day, and the summit was in white out. SO CLOSE! So we headed for a dry, warm motel. We climbed Democrat, Lincoln, Cameron, and Bross later in the week.
Climbed the mountain while on a Colorado Outward Bound School class.
One of the most beautiful mountains I've been on!
Took a trip to Colorado to try out my first 14er. I hauled a 50lb pack to 12.5k (standard ridge route) and quit as I was tired and it was already 1pm. I feared leaving my rented gear at the campsite at the base of Holy Cross and decided to bring it with me thinking I could do it with the weight. I was way wrong and I was stupid for even trying. I never made that mistake again. It still was absolutely gorgeous and it really overshadowed any peaks I had climbed in the East. Amazing!
Beautiful hike, though a somewhat strenuous hike up Halfmoon Pass with the backpacking pack. We had some issues with bugs, especially when we were back down by the creek setting up camp, but still a great weekend!
Beautiful but long hike over halfmoon. I will be back to climb the HC couloir when there is a little more snow! :)
4th time up this one, took a couple of friends up the standard route who had never been.
The creek was running kind of high and the 1,000 ft climb back out on the standard route was tough but this was a very rewarding 14er...
Repeated this 14ers with trishapajean, as this was the last one she needed in the Sawatch (and it may be more difficult next year). A gorgeous day of clear skies and sunshine. Made the RT in just over 10 hours, including a cool half hour on the summit. Mostly snow-free.
Last 14er of week trip for me and brother. Nice hike. Previous day we walked 25+ miles but failed to summit snowmass mtn(went up wrong way). We were pretty tired, but still managed to leave at 4:30 am, arrive before 8am and had summit to ourselves with 3 bottles of Paulaner as our victory treat. When returning from summit, 900' gain was a killer.