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Mount of The Holy CrossNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2014
fricknaley
Hiking11.31 Miles 5,646 AEG
Hiking11.31 Miles
5,646 ft AEG
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this was the last of our planned hikes and the one i was most looking forward to. the forecast was the best of the three days we were there so i was happy about that too. as soon as we got out of the car, it was pumpkin cold but you could just feel the awesomeness in the air

the hike starts with a climb up to halfmoon pass which is good for getting you warmed up. then it drops almost all the way back down to east cross creek. when you drop down you are greeted by magnificent views of mt. jackson. i was loving that, then i rounded a tree covered corner and was left looking straight at the majestic mt of the holy cross. i literally stopped in my tracks and stood there with a big grin...wow. it literally blew my mind. the hike down to the creek gets steeper at the bottom and you are back in the woods.

as i climbed back above tree line i noticed a storm building beyond mt jackson and thought "pumpkin". i tried to kick it up a notch but this baby climbs like 3500 feet in the last couple miles so i was still not really moving too fast. i knew the storm would catch me...just where and when? i kept a constant eye on it and never heard thunder or saw lightning, plus i could see the other side of it so i made the decision to keep going and just deal with whatever happened.

i was on the final summit push up the rocks and talus about 400 feet from the top when the storm hit me. wind and snow/hail kicked in. so did the adrenaline and i shot to the top thinking it was going to be a woefully short visit. to my amazement the storm was gone as fast as it hit me and my summit conditions were actually spectacular. absolutely amazing views.

met bobby on the way down the summit block and decided to chill some more and have a snack and my summit brew (Dales) before continuing on down. got rained on for a couple miles on the way down. was gorgeous when i finished. the climb back up to halfmoon pass nearly killed me.

thanks for joining me for this trip Bob, it couldn't have been better :y:
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