We drove to Lake City the night before and made it up Nellie Creek Road with no problems in our 2WD Toyota Tacoma (rear-wheel drive and all-terrain tires), despite reading all of the trip reports that you had to have 4WD. I think it is more important that you… (more)
A “giant’s top hat, slightly cocked to one side” is the way some climbers describe Uncompahgre Peak. As fourteeners go, it is a relatively easy climb, but there is really only one way to ascend the mountain. The peak is surrounded on three sides by vertical cliffs of crumbly volcanic rock, but fortunately the south side consists of a sloping ridge that is easily climbed with a minimum of scrambling. Uncompahgre Peak was first climbed by members of the Hayden Survey in 1874. The mountain has long been recognized for its scenic beauty, and in the 1930s the area was included as one of the Forest Service’s original Primitive Areas.
This loop hike offers three scenic rewards, any one of which would be enough to make the trip worthwhile. The first treat is the beautiful Missouri Lakes Basin, with four large lakes and a half-dozen smaller ones surrounded on three sides by peaks nearly 13,000 feet high. The second point of interest is the view into the spectacular Cross Creek glacial valley from the summits of Missouri Pass and Fancy Pass. And the third reward is the opportunity to walk through Holy Cross City, a late 1800s mining town that lies just outside the wilderness boundary.
Holy Cross Wilderness is definitely an amazing and breathtaking area. This area features the Sawatch Range, including Mt. of the Holy Cross, a 14er, and many alpine lakes. This is a great loop hike that allows you to experience some of the best views over two passes and hike to awesome alpine lakes. We did this hike as a one-night backpacking trip. You can do it as a very long day hike, but… (more)
At this time of year, we saw several types of wildflowers blooming, including Indian Paintbrush and Columbines. As you get to treeline, it gets a little bit steeper, but not by that much and you can see Brainard Lake and Mitchell Lake below. (more)
The trail starts at the Beaver Creek Trailhead at the north end of the parking lot. The first third of the trail is mainly in the trees and ascends very gradually. At this time of year, we saw several types of wildflowers blooming, including Indian Paintbrush and Columbines. As you get to treeline… (more)