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CO | Backpacking | Overnight Retreat and 14er Summit

Experience Colorado's backcountry and summit one of her most beautiful and less-traveled peaks. We will leave from Vail in the morning and carpool to the trailhead. Day 1, we will crest the 11,000 ft Half-Moon Pass as Mt. of the Holy Cross comes into view. After about 3.5 miles, we will enjoy the sunset over a hot meal next to a bubbling creek, and camp for the night. Day 2, we will wake up at dawn and trek for the summit of Mt. of the Holy Cross (weather-permitting). We will arrive back at camp mid-day, pack up, and backpack out enjoying the valley views. This is a strenuous hike that is 12 miles total. Acclimation to Colorado's altitude is highly recommended for a few days prior to your trip.

Nearest City: Vail
Maximum Participants: 5
Seasonal Availability:
Dry-Season Only
Winter Only
Very Limited
State: Colorado
Start Time: 9:00
Meet-up Location: Lionshead Parking Structure, Vail (flexible)
1-2 Hours
2-4 Hours
4+ Hours
Minimum age of Participants:
No Children
0-5 Years
6-12 Years
13+ Years
About Me: My sister took my on my first backpacking trip when I was 15, and I was instantly hooked. There's no better feeling than solitude, self-reliance, and the beauty of fresh mountain air. I've climbed multiple 14ers, taken on the backcountry solo, and led backpacking trips up to 26 miles. The backcountry can be intimidating if you're just getting started, but it's not out of reach. Let me take some of the guesswork out of it so you can fully enjoy the adventure.
Certifications I Have: CPR and First Aid Certified
Provided Gear: Water Purifier, Food, Stove, Wilderness Permits, Wilderness beacon
Required Gear: Backpack, Tent, Sleeping Bag, Flashlight, Clothing, Water Bottle - I can help you set up rentals if you need them
Nice-To-Have Gear: Camera, Day pack
Dog Friendly: