14,011 ft / 4,271 m

#73 in Colorado

#117 in United States


2,111 ft / 643 m

#56 in Colorado

#873 in United States


77 summits

#29 in Colorado

#429 in United States

Top climbing months

July   28%

September  21%

August   19%

Most climbed route

North Ridge via Half Moon TH

Class 2


  • Mount of the Holy Cross is the northernmost Colorado 14er in the Sawatch Range.
  • Named for the distinctive cross-shaped snowfield on the northeast face.
  • Has been much celebrated in the past by painters and photographers. It's still much photographed but it's 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.
5 summits • 14.4 mi • 5,036 ft gain • 14 hr 57 min