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Holy Cross



2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 159' 48 m
Descent: -511' -156 m
High: 5,199' 1,585 m
Low: 4,784' 1,458 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)


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Trail shared by D L with improvements by Steven Schiff

A technical fitness test that challenges both riding and mental skills. A destination trail.


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With too much pedaling to qualify as a downhill trail, Holy Cross is one of the finest, and most challenging purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Grand Valley second only to perhaps Moore Fun in technical difficulty combined with physical exertion.

The trail can humble even the most advanced riders with its tight, technical requirements and line commitment. However; the trail can, and should be attempted by those riders wishing to measure their skills against a higher watermark. After all, every mountain bike trail is also a hiking trail!

From the Tabeguache trailhead, climb Tabeguache Trail to the base of Widow maker Hill. Holy Cross begins on the left (east) side of the small plateau at the base of the hill. (There is an excellent, primordial, blessing of a flat rock sticking up out of the ground at the intersection which provides respite from the desert sun).

Begin east on Holy Cross, passing Prenup after a few hundred yards on the right. Holy Cross is uninterrupted from this junction to Holy Bucket. Begin what initially has the feel of a technical flow trail before entering a technical up an down adjacent to a cliff on the right.

After this unnerving section of trail, Holy Cross climbs and descends through a series of unrelenting physical, technical and mental challenges all the way to Holy Bucket trail at a fork on the right.

Continue left at this junction, at which point most of the technical fun is behind and ride to another trail junction with Clunker on the right. Climb left at this intersection to Coyote Ridge Trail near the intersections with Miramonte, Miramonte Rim, Ali Ali Loop, and Ali Alley trails, and the terminus of Holy Cross.

To return to the Tabeguache trailhead, take Ali Alley to Raven Ridge. Go right and descend Curt's Lane.


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May 21, 2020
John Styrnol
Awesome trail, just too much hike a bike for me at this time. 2.7mi
Nov 17, 2019
Drew Gustus
Nov 2, 2019
Rocky Jedick
Ooohweeee at my limit
May 24, 2019
jahoffman00 Hoffman
May 4, 2019
Arius Arius
Rode as uphill tech challenge. Super fun to session. Lots of features left incomplete to come back for.
Oct 20, 2018
Nick Wrzesinski
May 17, 2018
Preston Dennis
May 7, 2018
Adam Mattessich

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Climbing a short uphill after the exhilarating Gunny Loop descent.
Jun 2, 2016 near Orchard…, CO
With rains bearing down on us, we had a narrow window to ride.   We managed to pull it off.  Finished the ride minutes before the rains came.  What a ride.  I love this trail.
Oct 11, 2019 near Orchard…, CO
Rock drop on Holy Cross at Lunch Loops in Grand Junction
Nov 24, 2015 near Orchard…, CO
A tight technical switch back on Holy Cross
Apr 2, 2018 near Orchard…, CO
Enjoying classic Grand Jct. riding during 2019 PTBA conference.
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