Cross Creek Trail #2006

 2 votes

14.6 Miles 23.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

3,755' 1,144 m

Ascent

-456' -139 m

Descent

11,811' 3,600 m

High

8,475' 2,583 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

All Clear

43 days agoUpdate

Travel deep into the Holy Cross Wilderness on this backcountry trail.

Brian Smith

Overview

You must register at the trailhead if you plan on camping.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Description

The trail starts on a ridge before dropping to Cross Creek. Around mile one, you'll cross the creek on a bridge in a meadow that very often full of vibrant wildflowers. Continue slightly further to pond that's encompassed by rocks. This is a great picnic locale.

Near mile two, you'll be able to see Mount of the Holy Cross from the trail. Although you won't get a good look at it from this perspective, the mountain is named after a permanent cross-shaped snowfield on its eastern face. At mile six, there is an intersection with Grouse Mountain Trail. About 2 miles further, you'll come to Reed's Meadow, a vast meadow in a glacially carved valley.

On the way to Treasure Vault Lake, short side trips to Harvey Lake (at mile 11) and Blodgett Lake (at mile 13) offer good fishing and timberline lake scenery. The last few miles of the trail pass through open meadows with wildflowers and mining relics. There is evidence of mining cabins, ore mills, and old mines. The trail follows an old wagon road to Treasure Vault Lake and the intersection with the Missouri Lakes Trail #2003 and Fancy Pass Trail #2006.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, elk, moose, and other common alpine plants/animals.

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Aug 19, 2017
Blake Paffile
Cross Creek - Mt. Of the Holy cross. 7 days 61 mi. 61mi
Jul 1, 2017
Scott Hunter
Several good camping spots along the way. Lots of seasonal streams 12.6mi
Aug 15, 2016
Stephanie Rice
4mi — 15h 00m

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