Mount of the Holy Cross

Mount of the Holy Cross is the northernmost Colorado 14er in the Sawatch Range. It was named for the distinctive cross-shaped snowfield on the northeast face. This mountain has been much celebrated in the past by painters and photographers. It is still much photographed but it is not as well known today as it was in the past. Holy Cross can be climbed by at least four different routes, with the easiest and most common route being the Class 2 North Ridge. The Cross Couloir route forms the vertical portion of the famous cross feature, and provides an advanced snow climb or extreme ski descent.

Mount of the Holy Cross SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by scott

48 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Jul 21, 2016. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs.

Others who’ve summited Mount of the Holy Cross

  • randalmartin
  • bfsmith
  • DandyDon
  • BobbyFinn
  • susanjoypaul
  • madeinus
  • Alpenglo
  • julessummit
  • LChamp
  • freestyle1430
  • roald
  • jetrock
  • hansuecker
  • alisonzinn
  • anton.mayer
  • mattklein
  • bmannlein
  • stacywarrington
  • Snakefarm
  • brianasher
  • RichardLawler
  • robertocampo

Routes Used trails & approaches

68% North Ridge

17% We took the long route.

6% Via Halo Ridge

2% Holy Cross Couloir

2% Holy Cross Ridge via Holy Cross Jeep Trail

2% Holy Cross Ridge to Whitney Peak


  • julessummit julessummit
    commented on Apr 29, 2011
    This is most certainly the most difficult 14er I have conquered. I wear this summit as a badge of honor.

SNAPSHOTedit info


14,011 ft / 4,271 m


2,111 ft / 643 m

Height Rank Range

Sawatch Range


Colorado, United States

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  • scott
  • randalmartin
  • bfsmith
  • DandyDon
  • BobbyFinn
  • WaxDr
  • susanjoypaul
  • madeinus
  • amadisofgaul
  • chelseykai
  • Alpenglo
  • julessummit

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