Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,007 feet
Holy Cross Ridge  -  13,831 feet
Unnamed 13248  -  13,248 feet
Shrine Mountain - 11894
Date Posted:  08/30/2012
Modified:  09/06/2012
Date Climbed:   08/26/2012
Author:  djkest
Additional Members:   Chaos Penumbra
 A Religious Experience? (Halo Ridge)   

We recently climbed Halo Ridge to Mt. of the Holy Cross. Thanks to all the people who have previously done this route and shared their beta with us in Trip Reports and Forum Posts and answered questions. Without this support I don't think I would have even attempted this route. It's the longest hike I've lugged the DSLR on. I am pleased with some of the results, but midday lighting conditions and smoke don't make for the most stunning photos.

Halo Ridge (up)
Standard Route (down)

Skip the shennanigans and go straight for the blog post

We also made a trip out of it by blasting up my new favorite Easy hike, Shrine Mountain from Shrine Pass, and climbed a tiny rock formation which I dubbed "Mudstone Knob" (I know of no current name for it). It probably has more prominance than Cameron Peak.

Pond at the beginning of the trail:

"Mudstone Knob"


Panorama of Halo Ridge:

If someone can ID these peaks, I'd appreciate it (looking W from Holy Cross):

Comments or Questions
Great snaps
08/30/2012 22:36
Was going to do 'Orbital' as Roach calls it this year but not sure I'll get to it. Thanks for the great info and incredible pics.

Chicago Transplant
Peak ID
08/30/2012 23:33
The peaks you were asking about are all 12esr in the southern Mt Jackson Quad... PT 12977, ”Hammer”, PT 12980, PT 12935 and Middle are all visible. Hammer is the easiest to identify, its the one that has the really pointy summit with another pointy false summit to its right. I did a TR on those, search the TR section with ”Hammer” as the keyword and it will show up.

Doctor No
08/30/2012 23:58
Love the photos - looks like you had a great day in the mountains!

Very nice!
08/31/2012 00:28
Super photos, Dan! One of my all-time favorite loop hikes! I'd love to get back there once more and hit it again! Thanks for the refresher!

Beautiful photos
08/31/2012 20:54
... and ”canyongoddessing” as a verb (on the blog).

looking forward
09/01/2012 01:29
Fantastic photos. I am very exited about this ridge.
Your pictures are right out of a guide book, very helpful to me.
Thank you.

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