Mount of the Holy Cross & Point 13,831

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This hike was the first fourteener I had done on my own, and so far the only one I've done on my own. I had fantastic weather for this hike. I did it in two days. On the first day I hiked over Halfmoon Pass and camped in the basin below Holy Cross. In retrospect it would have been better to camp on the pass so I didn't have to carry all my gear back up hill after hiking the mountain. Maybe next time.

I later returned to this peak to search for Michelle Vanek. Click here to read about it.

Halfmoon pass was covered in beautiful flowers.

There were a couple of wildfires that started the day before which made for some pretty cool looking valleys.

As is my usual I got a very early start to my hike, fortunately I had a nearly full moon to hike by.

Since I started early I was near treeline when the alpenglow started to hit the mountains. Wow!

The North face of Holy Cross makes for a rugged looking summit as you approach it, however the hike is quite easy.

Ahh, a summit to myself. That is the only way to really enjoy them.

The views that day seemed so clear even though the smoke was creating a little bit of a haze.

After leaving the summit and starting towards Point 13,831 (such a magical name) I got a great shot of the moon over the Elk mountains.

I quickly reached the summit of Point 13,831. Holy Cross is behind me in this photo.

When I got back to the ridge I could see the valley I had to descend back down into and the rige behind it I had to carry all of my camping gear back up an over.

About a year later I returned to Mount of the Holy Cross to search for Michelle Vanek. Click this link to read about it.

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