Mt. of the Holy Cross  
Condition Updates  
Route: Halo Ridge
Posted On: 2022-08-06, By: LoneLobo
Info: Ascended via Fall Creek Trail to Halo Ridge, around the Bowl of Tears, then down the standard North Ridge route. Was partly cloudy all day, but the weather held fine. I started at 5:40 AM and made it down in early afternoon. Bring a lot of water. I brought over 4 qts, and ended up re-filling another quart at East Cross Creek (before hiking back over Half Moon Pass.) I accidentally left my Victorinox "Swiss Tool Spirit" multi-tool (similar to a Leatherman) lying on the ground, on east side of East Cross Creek. It's on the upstream side of the trail. (If you're approaching the creek while heading toward Mt of Holy Cross, then it's on your left side, right as you get to the creek.) If anyone finds it, I'd love to have it back, and I'll give you a finder's reward. Happy trails. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-08-02, By: Istoodupthere
Info: Ascended standard route, descended Halo Ridge. Started descending Holy Cross at 9:55am. Skies looked fine and forecast wasn't calling for storms so decided to do halo ridge on way back. Dark clouds started rolling in while descending the centennial. Bad spot to be in bad weather. Luckily only some light rain/hail. No trail/cairns on the ridge. Route is pretty self explanatory though. Way too many unnecessary switchbacks imo 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-25, By: Split_the_FR
Info: Arrived at the half moon trailhead / started up at 6:15. The road was easy to navigate up and there was plenty of parking on the side of the road as the lot was full. As I made it up half moon pass, I noticed the mounting clouds to the west - this could be trouble later on. Nevertheless I trudged on, down the pass and back up to approach the base of the mountain. There were on an off showers almost all the way up to the summit however there was no thunder / lighting to be seen or heard. The trail is very well marked all the way up to the summit with constant cairns in site. The trail is also in great shape - no mud, minimal scree, and most class 2 consists of large/sturdy boulder hopping (even with wet/rainy conditions) Reached the summit by 9:25, stayed up top and ate a sandwich for 20 min and headed down at 9:45. The trail down was just as easy as it was on the way up. As advertised, going back up half moon pass is kind of a pain but that's just the way she goes! T-storms, rain got full on by the time I was back up half moon pass - good thing I brought my rain jacket. Back at the car by 12:20pm - awesome trail, (as long as you can stomach going back up half moon pass as I assume most of yall can/ have done worse) would recommend! 
Route: Halo Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-21, By: 14ercooper
Info: Up Halo, down the standard route. Super fun day, dry all the way to the summit and back, though mosquitos on the way back definitely were annoying. Super pretty up there (even if the cross has mostly melted out by this point). 
Route: Halo Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-17, By: hick5054
Info: Drove up the night before in Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Made it up the 8 miles on Tigiwon Rd. easy with 7.3" of ground clearance and saw cars in the Half Moon Campground with less. Started at Holy Cross TH at 6:00am and was on top by 9:30am. The trail is very well marked and maintained. Took the Halo ridge route which was a little difficult even with GPS. Mostly route finding and scrambling the whole way but it's pretty clear where you need to be going the whole time. Barely any snow; had to cross about 6" of snow one time the whole way. Worth it to get a good view of the cross, see the Notch Mountain Shelter, and skip going back up the 1000-ish foot descent from the beginning of the route. Got back to Half Moon Campground around 3:00pm. 
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Route: Halo Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-02, By: jmg11
Info: Beautiful day. Hiked the Loop (Halo Ridge up, North Ridge down). Started at 2:30am, summited 8am, 45min break, back at car 11:30am. Total 14.3 miles. No major concerns or callouts for the hike. Remaining snow is pretty much 100% avoidable and I never needed traction. Cairns and trail don't really exist along Halo Ridge…important thing here is to avoid unnecessary elevation gain and loss by hiking underneath those 13er peaks rather than directly on top of them. About as green as I've ever seen it out there, and wildflowers are in full bloom. Alpine lakes are melted and waters are turquoise blue. Stars were amazing this morning too. As others mentioned, mosquitoes were swarming within seconds any time I stopped within 300' of the creek so bring bug spray if you're wearing shorts or a t-shirt. 
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Route: Cross Couloir
Posted On: 2022-07-01, By: slawrence2011
Info: Couloir is in from the summit all the way to just above the lower cliffs, based on visual beta during my descent after skiing it (I exited at the main exit point on skiers right). It would make a pretty good snow climb, but skiing it was barely doable. The top was good, but soon a one foot, then 2-4 foot runnel formed right in the center, and the terrain around it is quite bumpy, especially as you get lower. I downclimbed about a third of it on skis. Given it is probably about the best we have left right now, could be made to work with some skill, preferably more than I have to ski the entire thing! Main route totally clear of snow, except a bit on the final class 2 to the summit as of this morning, no issue without traction. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-24, By: tdurty
Info: Agree with previous condition - especially the mosquitoes. They are relentless. You'll be very sorry if you forget your bug spray. Trail is mostly snow free - above treeline there is one snow field blocking the trail, but easy to skirt the snowfield on its edge and regain the trail. No traction needed. Quite muddy in many parts of the trail, mid gaiters were great. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-22, By: jeffh7
Info: I'd say like 92% summer conditions. There were a few tiny patches in the woods that were easy to step over or around. There was also snow on the ridge before the summit push that occasionally covered parts of the trail but it was very easy just to stick right on the talus. In the morning you could walk on the snow on the ridge easily due to it being hard packed but when descending around 10 AM the postholing made staying on rock better. The rest of the route is dry, no need whatsoever for any sort of snow tools. I also added a pic of the cross couloir if that interests anyone. We camped at the trailhead and did a day hike in the morning, it was an incredible trip! IMPORTANT NOTE: Bring bug spray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The mosquitos were absolutely viscous on our hike out. We stopped at the creek on our way out to filter water and you couldn't stand still more than 2 seconds without 15 mosquitos swarming you. We made the mistake of forgetting bug spray and paid the price. They followed us all the way until we finished regaining the 1,000 ft of elevation. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-22, By: sierramtngoat
Info: Snow is not an issue. There were a few patches low on the North Ridge, but can be avoided; the cornice along the east side the north ridge abstructs the trail in places, but it also can be avoided. The mosquitos west of half moon pass are a serious problem -- I noticed them while descending to cross creek, and they harassed me all the way up to 13K'. Is this normal for the Rockies? Mosquitos at 13K'? 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-27, By: RWSchaffer
Info: Walk or bike 8.2 miles up closed road to the trailhead. There was plenty of snow on this route, starting at the trailhead (photo 1). With a good freeze Wednesday night, snow was supportive in the morning and traction was useful. By afternoon, snow had softened and floatation would have been useful. Unfortunately, I had left my snowshoes at home because of the lateness of the season and not having needed them a week earlier on Grays, Torreys, and Quandary, so I postholed extensively on the descent. Far more trail was covered by snow than was melted out, as in photo 2. The exception to this rule is the switchback section that descends to East Cross Creek from the east, and even it had a few sections that were not melted out, such as the one in photo 3. East Cross Creek was easy to cross (photo 4). Higher on the mountain, the lower ridge, upper ridge, and summit slopes (photos 5-7) all had visible cairns through snowy terrain. Finally, there was a cornice along the North Ridge (photo so keep back from the edge. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-18, By: aksean22
Info: From the winter road closure with an overnight at East Cross Creek. Continuous snow starts a half mile up Tigiwan Road and it looks like it will stay that way for awhile. Descending Half Moon Pass the snow is crusted and sun affected. We probably didn't pick the easiest way down, so be careful if following our tracks. Running water can be found at the creek to avoid melting snow. Above treeline on the North Ridge snow is hardpacked and ski crampons may be helpful. We booted through the rocks the last 500' to the summit. The Cross Couloir was protected from the strong winds that day which made for good skiing up top and wet snow near the bottom. First skier knocked off a wet slab about halfway down that cleared out the main runnel (no one was caught), so I suppose conditions will be much safer for the next party. There was also a large cornice at the exit that we had to cut through but it should be easier to get out of now. Followed the summer trail back over Halfmoon Pass and was able to leave the skis on, but it made for some exposed skinning. Heavy/grippy snow the entire way back to the car was not ideal, but still a lot faster than walking. About 26 miles and 9k total. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-06, By: seekingbeta
Info: Notch Mountain Road was pretty dry all the way to trailhead this morning around 9am. We hiked the route in about 8.5 hrs and ran into a few others. Snow cover pretty much the entire way. We put on microspikes a few hundred feet up to Half Moon Pass. Gaiters recommended starting around 11,500 ft after the pass. There is a period from here until about 12,100 where you'll be post-holing knee high or deeper. Snowshoes were very welcome for this stretch. After that, it's boulder hopping most of the rest of the way up. Views were excellent and the peak wasn't too windy or cold. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-02, By: ARBlake
Info: Overall good conditions. The road to the trailhead was very muddy. A lot of ice could be present in colder conditions. The entire hike has snow on it, but nothing is very deep until you are above the tree line. Above the tree line, snow drifts could be up to about thigh deep, but only got this deep in 3 or 4 short spots. The rest had a decent snow pack that was easy to walk through. The creek crossing at the campsite has ice covering the logs and rocks, so be very careful here. I did not need spikes for any parts of the route. Gaiters turned out to be very handy for some of the deep snow. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-23, By: bfurey
Info: Snow on most of the trail, but fairly packed. Traction was helpful for icy sections. Above the tree line, mostly post holing in about 1-2 feet of drifted snow, although some drifts were waist deep. We did a bit of boulder hopping to stay out of the deeper snow when possible, for which trekking poles were very useful. 
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Route: Halo Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-18, By: kcovingt1
Info: Several groups went up the halo ridge route but only made it to the shelter. There's a nice boot pack and trench up to that point and a lot had already melted out by the end of the day. Passed there, the route becomes much more difficult as you start post holing through talus and boulders. We might try again this coming weekend. Hopefully it has melted out more by then! Also made it to the TH in a Malibu with little issue. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-12, By: FinnishFlicka
Info: Parts of the trail below treeline were quite icy in the morning and about 4-6 inches of snow above treeline. Traction was very useful as the trails were slick both in the forest and as the snow melted on the way down. The surrounding peaks are looking beautiful capped in snow! 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-05, By: tlgold1990
Info: A little snow above treeline in the talus and boulders. Microspikes were used on the way down but not up. Saw one person that didn't use traction at all. Wasn't a must but helped for a quicker descent on that section. 
Route: Halo Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-03, By: WanderLost
Info: 4-6" of snow above 13k along ridge, deeper in the pockets between larger rocks. 3-4" on North ridge. Occasional knee high post hole past Holy Cross Ridge but easy route finding from Notch to Summit. I'm sure there were better ways to go than the one we took but easy to follow the variations of the 5 sets of footprints already made. A combination of slush and ice on the decent along the ridge. Most accumulation was just above tree line save for some sporadic patches just below. Amazing traverse on just the right amount of newly fallen snow. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-28, By: JasonCrane
Info: Summited on Monday 9/27 via standard route. Trail is completely dry & no route finding issues. Light snow flurries in the afternoon, but no accumulation. A few rare wind gusts, but overall, a gorgeous day for climbing. 
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