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Holy Cross

 4.6 (32)

2.7 Miles 4.3 Kilometers


Singletrack

159' 48 m

Ascent

-511' -156 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

5,199' 1,585 m

High

4,784' 1,458 m

Low

Shared By D L

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

D L

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DOWNHILL ONLY

Description

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 17, 2018
Preston Dennis
May 7, 2018
Adam Mattessich
Apr 21, 2018
Jayson Raphael
Apr 10, 2018
Eric McCue
13.1mi
Feb 19, 2018
Kerry Dunn
Fun ride pretty much had the whole trail to myself!
Apr 27, 2017
bethemountain Rike
Fun but hard and technical 2.7mi
Nov 12, 2016
Brian Thomas
8.8mi
Nov 1, 2016
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  4.6 from 32 votes

#1

in Lunch Loops

#86

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in Lunch Loops

#36

in Colorado

#86

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