Mt. Holy Cross
Mount of the Holy Cross and Holy Cross Ridge via Halo Ridge
Partners: Kristi Henes, Solo
Here is a link for the GPX file from our trip.
Our day started from Half Moon TH at 4:30am. We hiked the Fall Creek Trail to the Notch Mountain Shelter where Halo Ridge begins. Halo Ridge circles the Bowl of Tears to the summit of Holy Cross Ridge and then Mount of the Holy Cross. From the summit of MHC we descended the standard North Ridge route back to the Half Moon TH. Our hike took 10 hours (with about an hour of summit time) and covered 13 miles and 6100 vertical.
Sunrise from Fall Creek Trail
Pano of Mount of the Holy Cross and Holy Cross Ridge from Notch Mountain
Alex, Kristi and the Cross Couloir from Notch Mountain
In 1924 a stone shelter called the Pilgrim's Hut (now Notch Mountain Shelter) was built near the summit of Notch Mountain. In the 1930s, thousands of Christians would come to see the cross, climb the mountain, or dip holy water from the Bowl of Tears Lake below.
Alex on Halo Ridge... eyes PT 13,373
Looking back to Notch Mountain
The description calls the terrain on this route 'tedious' however we found the class 2 scrambling on relatively solid rock to be fun.
Kristi and Upper Tuhare Lake
Pano of Tuhare Lakes
Typical terrain... class 2 scrambling on solid rock.
Alex and Kristi on the summit of Holy Cross Ridge. Mount of the Holy Cross behind us.
Summit of Holy Cross Ridge. The views weren't shabby.
Bowl of Tears and Notch Mountain. You can see the Notch Mountain Shelter if you look closely.
Alex descending from Holy Cross Ridge on the way to Mount of the Holy Cross
The ridge between Holy Cross Ridge and Mount of the Holy Cross
Alex approaches the last hump before the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross
Kristi with Holy Cross Ridge... getting close to the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross
Summit of Mount of the Holy Cross. Holy Cross Ridge in the distance
Descending the standard North Ridge route ( to complete the 13 mile loop
On the way out we needed to climb roughly 1000 feet to the top of Half Moon Pass. I prefer hiking uphill vs. downhill so it wasn't too bad. Last look at Mount of the Holy Cross from the top of the pass.