Cross Creek Trail #2006

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14.6 Miles 23.5 Kilometers

 

90% 

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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°)

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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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