Holy Cross
Wilderness

The Holy Cross Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in San Isabel and White River national forests near Leadville, Minturn, Avon, Edwards, Eagle, and Vail, Colorado. The 122,797-acre (496.94 km2) wilderness with 164 miles (264 km) of trails was established in 1980. The wilderness was named after its highest peak, 14,005-foot (4,269 m) Mount of the Holy Cross. The Holy Cross Wilderness has a history of many hikers, often those who are unprepared, becoming endangered. Primarily, the hikers who require rescue are unfamiliar with the risks of entering wilderness areas and do not bring adequate equipment and supplies to respond to emergency conditions. Hikers are frequently stranded or lost due to changing environmental conditions and confusion regarding the surrounding landscape. Holy…
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An easy skin up (30-60 min) a gradual slope takes you through some pines and up …
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Though there is a lot of sun exposure, if it's recently snowed, this can be a te…
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The approach is a slog. If skied before the road is opened, then there's an extr…
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Technically easy and relatively avalanche-safe, this route offers a superb summi…
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Stunning Views of the Holy Cross Wilderness
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