14,011 ft / 4,271 m

#73 in Colorado

#115 in United States


2,111 ft / 643 m

#55 in Colorado

#680 in United States


67 summits

#26 in Colorado

#327 in United States

Top climbing months

July   26%

September  20%

August   20%

Most climbed route

North Ridge


  • 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.