Ascent of Mount of the Holy Cross on 2003-07-19

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Saturday, July 19, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mount of the Holy Cross
    Elevation:14005 ft / 4268 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is the greatest hike I have done in Colorado so far. It is also one of the hardest hikes I've ever done. The scenery is magnificent, and it keeps getting better and better as you go. I did this hike with my sister, and we completed the climb in one day, though I would recommend it as a two day trip, it's a long, hard and steep climb. The only drawback with this route is, of course, that you cannot see the cross couloir from the trail. Still, there are not many other places anywhere that have mountain scenery as awesome as this.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3685 ft / 1123 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:Half Moon Pass
    Trailhead:Half Moon Trailhead  10320 ft / 3145 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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