Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  07/18/2007
Date Climbed:   07/16/2007
Author:  Gabe K
 Holy Cross-Halfmoon Pass   

After dropping my friends off at the Massive Trailhead for their continuation of section hiking the Continental Divide Trail I drove up to the Halfmoon Pass Trailhead for Mt. of The Holy Cross. My PT Cruiser made it up the road, slowly but surely. I only scrapped one rock, but it wasn't a pleasant ride for my little PT. But, she made it in and out of there. I began my hike from the trailhead at 5:15am and was in good spirit getting over the pass. It felt like a piece of cake, meaning I finally must be acclimating to the altitude after being in Colorado for a month. I passed by several tents camped near a stream. the talus scramble to the top was slow going, but I actually enjoyed the talus. Past experiences hiking up 14ers there usually is what I refer to as a "kitty litter" trail, or as my friend says, "ball bearing" trail, because it feels like you're walking on ball bearing sliding all over the place. I reached the summit at about 8:45am and enjoyed a quartet of climbers climbing a steeper face with ice axes, crampons, and other technical equipment. This was by far one of my more memorable fourteener hikes. It was a really enjoyable day. I scrambled down and got below treeline just in time to watch some thunderclouds develop near the summit. I got to my car and headed to Leadville to chill and hangout for the rest of the day. I had a coffee and checked out a new outdoor store, which I hope really does well. Leadville could use a good outdoor store that caters to hikers, backpackers, climbers, etc. At around 7:00pm I headed for Missouri Gulch, because I planned to hike Missouri Mountain the next day. Awesome hike, a definite must if you got the time.

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Comments or Questions

Nice Pace!
07/18/2007 16:16
3.5 Hours? You must have been going at a good speed! Congrats!

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