Lifes Adventures


Length: 3.8 miles (one way)   Trail Use: Moderate to Heavy
Difficulty: Most Difficult!!    Open To: 4WD, OHV, Biking, Hiking
Beginning Elevation: 9,322 ft.   Ending Elevation: 11,672 ft.
Elevation Gain: +2350 ft.    USGS Map(s): Mount of the Holy Cross

Access from Vail: Travel west on I-70 to Exit #171 for Minturn, Leadville, and Hwy 24. Exit here and turn right onto Hwy 24. Proceed south for 13 miles to Homestake Road #703. Turn right and proceed past the Gold Park Campground to mile 7.4. Look for a sign on your right shortly after the campground.

Trail Highlights: This is one of the most difficult and popular hardcore roads in the state. It is recommended to consult a 4-wheel drive guide book for a detailed description of this route and recommended vehicle specs. Stock vehicles should not attempt this one. Many people choose to hike this road to reach Holy Cross City. Historic features include Gold Park town site and cemetery at the road beginning, Holy Cross City mill, cabins, and the old town site at the end of the road. The road to Cleveland Lake continues to the right across the creek, through the parking area and up the hill. The road to Fancy Lake is closed to motorized vehicles. If you wish to go to the lake, please walk. The road to the right is a hiking trail to Hunky Dory Lake and is also closed to motorized vehicles.

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