Length: 2.5 miles (one way)                     
Trail Use: High
Difficulty: Moderate                                    
Open To: Hiking, Horseback
Beginning Elevation: 9,119 ft.                 
Ending Elevation: 10,955 ft.
Elevation Gain: +1,836 ft.              
USGS Map(s): Mt. of the Holy Cross


Access from Vail : Travel west from Vail on I-70 to Exit 171 for Minturn. Exit here and head south on US 24 for about 13 miles to Homestake Road, FSR 703. Proceed southwest about 5 miles on this improved dirt road to the small parking area on the left across the road from the trailhead.

Trail Highlights : The trail ascends steeply through aspen and conifer groves. At various points along the trail views of the Sawatch Range can be viewed. Whitney peak rises up from the north lake shore to an elevation of 13,271 ft. Whitney Peak can be climbed by following the west ridge up to the summit.


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