Holy Cross Wilderness
Submitted By: mtnfiend on November 30, 2010
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One of my favorite lines in the front range with lots of options. You can ski the couloir between the double summits for a nice 40 degree pitch with rock wall on either side.
You can also ski the Northeast face. Not sure on the slope angle but it is a open face with limited exposure.
You can ski the South East face for a more mellow descent (better if you started at Butler Gultch) with amazing terrain and small playful features all the way down.
**Take all necessary avalanche precautions. It is not uncommon to get a lot of wind loading in this area due to its proximity to the divide.**
The holy cross wilderness area spans more than 120,000 acres in the northern most part of the Sawatch mountain range. It's name is derived from the 14,003' Mount of the Holy Cross. This lone 14er is by no means the only mountain in the area. More than 25 peaks over 13,000' dot this wilderness area. Plenty of isolated wilderness exists in this area of Colorado.
How to Get There
This wilderness area has many trail heads, but it basically lies south of I-70 and west of hwy 24. Vail/Minturn is on the north and Leadville is to the south. The Homestake reservoir is surrounded by the wilderness, but does not actually lie within wilderness boundaries.