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Cross Creek Trail #2006

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


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14.6

Miles

23.5

KM

Point to Point

11,811' 3,600 m

High

8,475' 2,583 m

Low

3,755' 1,144 m

Up

456' 139 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

You must register at the trailhead if you plan on camping.

Need to Know

There are two zones where avalanches have left the trail covered in dead fall and some route finding is required. While not necessarily complicated for humans, note that both zones can be difficult for our four legged friends, as they require traversing some combination of dead fall, talus, or slogging it through marshland.

Approaching from the west, the first avalanche zone has some evidence of hikers attempting to veer left, but this is a red herring, as would quickly be discovered. To cross this zone, you'll need to cut through the right and then follow the faint path of broken branches basically right through the center of the zone. At the end, you'll drop a few feet down some boulders to land right at the continuation of the path on the other side. As this requires climbing over sharp logs and branches, be careful that dog bellies don't get injured.

The second zone has talus on the left and a lake on the right, but no straightforward path through. The choice is yours.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by Sebastian Awatramani

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 5 votes

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Photos

Marshy "lake" along the Cross Creek Trail
Oct 1, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Looking across the valley towards Battle Mountain
Oct 1, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Hikers enjoying the Cross Creek Trail in early fall
Oct 1, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Traveling over the rock slabs
Oct 1, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Brilliant fall colors against the blue Colorado sky
Oct 1, 2015 near Minturn, CO
One of the places you can visit the creek
Oct 1, 2015 near Minturn, CO

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Aug 12, 2019
Stacey Williams
Great trail.... 4mi
Aug 5, 2019
Atsuko Ohtake
muddy in sections. wet vehetation gets pant legs wet.
Jun 22, 2019
Angie K
took zeeks bc water was too high and covering trail 2mi — 1h 15m
Jun 9, 2019
Nathan Lee-Ammons
I hiked in 6ish miles from the bottom of Tigwon Road. The road is closed until June 21 to vehicle traffic. We hit some snow and a wet trail.
Sep 2, 2018
Natalie Grybiene
Done as a multi day hike in conjunction with the Fancy Pass and Lake Trail, and the Fall Creek Trail - absolutely gorgeous CO scenery 14.6mi
Nov 18, 2017
Orlando Genovez
connect fancy pass & Missouri lakes 14mi
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