Holy Cross Wilderness
Submitted By: mtnfiend on November 30, 2010
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Tree chute, very steep, the top part when you are traversing to the descent is very meadow skippy but the second you are in the chute it is a tight and steep tree chute. It's probably about 500' long once you are in the chute proper, If you manage to get first tracks in it, your in for a pretty incredible ski. Once you ski the chute ski out towards skiers left through some low angle trees to the road cut. NOTE: this pull out is probably the single most annoying place at berthoud pass to catch a ride from. My advice-cross to the other side of the road and walk up the hill aways (assuming the side is plowed). If you ski out towards the right it will take you to 7 mile, which is a very long low angle ski down to Winter Park.[more]
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.