Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,007 feet
Holy Cross Ridge  -  13,831 feet
Unnamed 13374  -  13,374 feet
Unnamed 13832  -  13,832 feet
Unnamed 13248  -  13,248 feet
Date Posted:  07/04/2015
Date Climbed:   07/03/2015
Author:  Powder_Moose
 Halo Ridge   

After work on Thursday, Liz and I left Golden to do something that had been on my list for a long time - Holy Cross via Halo Ridge! After the requisite crushing of a $7 Dominos pizza in Silverthorne, we were on our way and made it to our camp on Tigiwon road. Some nights are magical-er than others and this night was a very magical one! Sunset over the Gores, a distant thunderstorm and a full moon made this one pretty spectacular.

The Gores!

After a substantively less magical night of sleep (a very slowly deflating ground mat, wind and the moon) we were up at 5a and on the trail at 5:30. The first few miles were quick work - we got the sunrise along the trail.


It was now time to play one of my favorite trail games. It's a little something I like to call "Will Liz Fall In?" It's a really fun game that we get to play at every stream crossing.
Will Liz fall in? YES!

With that settled, it was time to time to dry out the trail runners with some good old fashioned trail hustling. We hit the shelter at 7:20. We got a few short bouts of rain on the initial descent, but things now were starting to look pretty good!

The cross!

The next few miles were a excellent as well as being a total test of talus tolerance.

Liz on PT 13248

It's possible to do almost the entire thing without crossing any snow, but when I did try I postholed to my hip. Once the sun came out, it was pretty warm.

While I'm easily impressed by ridges in general, this one is already one of my favorites. With the Bowl of Tears on one side and Tuhare on the other, it's pretty hard not to be looking down on one at any given time. With the exception of a stout climb up to PT 13832, I thought the nature of the ridge was pretty mellow on the whole.

Tuhare Lake

We continued on past Holy Cross Ridge and summitted MHC around 10:40. Looking at the cross all day and peering down from the summit was enough to add it to my ski ticklist for next spring.

The hike down the north ridge was pretty straightforward and uneventful, with the exception of:


The last little climb over Half Moon Pass is fun - call me crazy but it's nice to get to finish with a good climb (Purgatory Flats TH stands out as being like this as well)


Made it to the car at 2:10p. Great day!!


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Comments or Questions
The Notch
07/04/2015 09:34
Looks nice. My kids and I are going up next weekend and thinking of going through the Notch from Half Moon Pass. Did you get any pics from MHC or see whether any snow remains on west side of Notch Mtn? Thanks.

Daniel Joder
Day Before
07/04/2015 14:30
I was up there just the day before. Enjoyed your report and pics! I found the ridge to be pretty long, but absolutely spectacular––definitely glad to have those scenic memories. And, yes, I didn’t really mind the climb up to Half Moon Pass so much was that last 1.7 miles downhill to the trailhead that never seemed to end. Have a Happy 4th! DanJ

The Notch
07/05/2015 13:57
@glenmiz - I don’t remember explicitly nor could I find a picture looking over that way. While I didn’t see it, my gut tells me it will be passable, especially first thing in the morning. There wasn’t a ton of snow up there in general. Have fun!

Day Before
07/05/2015 13:58
@Dan – glad you enjoyed. Looks like you had an awesome day as well – great pics! Agreed on the last 1.7 down.

alyss F
07/29/2015 16:18
Do you think a very fit black lab could make it up Halo Ridge? I really want to take that route but am not sure if the talus might be too much for her to handle?

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