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Pebblesinthecity

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Hi all, was just doing some research into possible backpacking trips this summer in CO and someone mentioned this site in one of their videos. I highly enjoy crossing 14ers off my list but want to branch out this summer and try some backpacking. Have some reservations at the end of the summer for the 4 pass loop in maroon bells with some friends, but don’t want that to be the only backpacking trip of the year. Will gladly take any suggestions or tips and I’m sure will see you all around.
 

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A few years ago, we backpacked in the Holy Cross Wilderness and enjoyed that. (Someone here on BCP gave me advice for that when we had to cancel our Weminuche trip due to fires.) We didn't go up to the top (14,009'), but you could if you wanted. If you'd like more info, let me know!
 

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A few years ago, we backpacked in the Holy Cross Wilderness and enjoyed that. (Someone here on BCP gave me advice for that when we had to cancel our Weminuche trip due to fires.) We didn't go up to the top (14,009'), but you could if you wanted. If you'd like more info, let me know!
Would love some more info! Have heard so many wonderful things about holy cross!
 

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Our Holy Cross trip was the beginning of July in 2018. We were with friends and parked one car at the end (Fall Creek TH) and started at Cross Creek TH. Cross Creek is lower than Fall Creek, so we gained a lot of elevation. Apparently a lot of people do it in the opposite direction, but it worked ok for us with our 50+ year old knees and for acclimating to the altitude. Here's our route: Click here to view on CalTopo. As you'll see, it's not a lot of miles for 5 days - we got a late start on day 1, and one person in our group wasn't feeling well so our pace was quite slow part of the time (and our regular pace isn't fast anyway). If you wanted to ascend Mt of the Holy Cross, you would do it differently.

Day 1 - The trail is mostly in the woods going south near Cross Creek. We camped in the woods somewhere.
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Day 2 - Things opened up a bit and we had some big views with more varied scenery. We camped close to the southern end of the Cross Creek trail before it turns east and heads up.
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Day 3 - We went up to the Missouri Lakes junction, dropped our packs, went down into the Missouri Lakes and explored there for awhile (which we really liked), then came back up and got our packs, then went up Fancy Pass, then down to Fancy Lake where we camped for the night. Behind our camp was a ridge with fabulous views of peaks to the east.
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View from southern end of Cross Creek as you're heading up

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Treasure Vault Lake

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One of the Missouri Lakes

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View from Fancy Pass

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Fancy Lake

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Ridge behind Fancy Lake

Day 4 - We went through Holy Cross City, which was kind of intriguing, then up French Creek past Seven Sisters Lakes (beautiful), then up the pass and camped a little bit below the pass. Gorgeous!
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Day 5 - We went down, then up the spur to Tuhare Lakes, but we couldn't get to the upper, bigger lake - it was too snowy for us to cross one part that seemed dicey, and there were rocks that were too big for us to get around. Then we came back down and made our way to the Fall Creek TH just as storms were rolling in.
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Lower Tuhare Lake

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Upper Tuhare Lake is behind the big rocks in the foreground. We couldn't get to it or even see it, but the map shows that it's much bigger than the lower one.

We loved this trip!
 

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Our Holy Cross trip was the beginning of July in 2018. We were with friends and parked one car at the end (Fall Creek TH) and started at Cross Creek TH. Cross Creek is lower than Fall Creek, so we gained a lot of elevation. Apparently a lot of people do it in the opposite direction, but it worked ok for us with our 50+ year old knees and for acclimating to the altitude. Here's our route: Click here to view on CalTopo. As you'll see, it's not a lot of miles for 5 days - we got a late start on day 1, and one person in our group wasn't feeling well so our pace was quite slow part of the time (and our regular pace isn't fast anyway). If you wanted to ascend Mt of the Holy Cross, you would do it differently.

Day 1 - The trail is mostly in the woods going south near Cross Creek. We camped in the woods somewhere.
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Day 2 - Things opened up a bit and we had some big views with more varied scenery. We camped close to the southern end of the Cross Creek trail before it turns east and heads up.
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Day 3 - We went up to the Missouri Lakes junction, dropped our packs, went down into the Missouri Lakes and explored there for awhile (which we really liked), then came back up and got our packs, then went up Fancy Pass, then down to Fancy Lake where we camped for the night. Behind our camp was a ridge with fabulous views of peaks to the east.
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View from southern end of Cross Creek as you're heading up

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Treasure Vault Lake

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One of the Missouri Lakes

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View from Fancy Pass

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Fancy Lake

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Ridge behind Fancy Lake

Day 4 - We went through Holy Cross City, which was kind of intriguing, then up French Creek past Seven Sisters Lakes (beautiful), then up the pass and camped a little bit below the pass. Gorgeous!
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Day 5 - We went down, then up the spur to Tuhare Lakes, but we couldn't get to the upper, bigger lake - it was too snowy for us to cross one part that seemed dicey, and there were rocks that were too big for us to get around. Then we came back down and made our way to the Fall Creek TH just as storms were rolling in.
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Lower Tuhare Lake

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Upper Tuhare Lake is behind the big rocks in the foreground. We couldn't get to it or even see it, but the map shows that it's much bigger than the lower one.

We loved this trip!
Thank you so much! That looks awesome
 

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Whether you end up doing this or something else, have a great time - and at Maroon Bells, too. We haven't hiked that yet, but it's on our long list!
 
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