Length: 5.4 miles (one way) Trail Use: Very High
Difficulty: Most Difficult Open To: Hiking, Horseback
Beginning Elevation: 10,320 ft. Ending Elevation: 14,005 ft.
Elevation Gain: +4,659 ft. - 974 ft. = +3,685 ft. USGS Map(s): Minturn, Mt. of the Holy Cross
Trail Highlights: From the parking area, the trail is a moderately steep climb to Half Moon Pass, passing through spruce-fir stands the first mile then climbing above timberline to the Pass. On the west side of Half Moon Pass, the trail descends, with some steep sections, to East Cross Creek and across. After ascending again toward treeline, look for the big 4 foot tall rock cairns marking the trail along the ridge above treeline. Do not follow small user-created cairns as these are often misleading. Printable Sheet.