Notch Mountain

Minturn, Colorado 81645

Notch Mountain

Notch Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike takes you to the historic stone shelter on Notch Mountain for a fantastic view of Mount of the Holy Cross. The trail starts gently, passing through spruce-fir forest with occasional glimpses of the notch in Notch Mountain. Eventually the trail climbs to tree line, then through tundra and boulder fields via switchbacks.

Watch for pikas, white-tailed ptarmigans, marmots, and beautiful alpine wildflowers. The switchbacks make the hike easier than most trails up 13,000-foot peaks. Remember to leave early to reach the summit by 11 a.m. so you can head back by noon and avoid thunderstorms."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Few, if any, of Colorado’s high mountain peaks are as fabled as Mount of the Holy Cross. Featuring an enormous cross formed by two intersecting crevasses that remain filled with snow for much of the year, this mystical mountain has attracted considerable interest for more than a century. While the 14,003-foot peak is a popular climb for many, the best place to actually view the cross is nearby 13,224-foot Notch Mountain, which rises to the east." Read more
Hiking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise
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"The Granite Lakes Trail first wanders along the Fryingpan River, meandering up and down through thick forest and around some interesting granitic formations. The first 3.3 miles are fairly gentle. Turning up the Granite Creek drainage, the trail climbs steadily, and often steeply, to Lower Granite Lake, tucked in a bench above Granite Creek. Upper Granite Lake is about 0.75 mile farther along a fairly gentle path. Once in the subalpine zone, the wildflowers and views are beautiful. Backpack in and take an extra day or two to explore this beautiful and quiet area." Read more
Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"This hike takes you to the historic stone shelter on Notch Mountain for a fantastic view of Mount of the Holy Cross. The trail starts gently, passing through spruce-fir forest with occasional glimpses of the notch in Notch Mountain. Eventually the trail climbs to treeline, then through tundra and boulder fields via switchbacks. Watch for pikas, white-tailed ptarmigans, marmots, and beautiful alpine wildflowers. The switchbacks make the hike easier than most trails up 13,000-foot peaks. Remember to leave early to reach the summit by 11 a.m. so you can head back by noon and avoid thunderstorms." Read more

Notch Mountain Reviews

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7/2/2007
Beautiful area. Trail has gentle incline first 2 miles with lush forest & a few small streams to cross. Area leading out of timberline & into tundra heavy with wildflowers & lush ground covering. Steep but manageable switchbacks take you to the top with a spectacular view of Mt Holy Cross. We had a great day!
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Trail Information

Minturn
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
10.8
Distance
2,763 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
5- 7 hours
Duration
Best from late June to mid-Oct
Season
White River National Forest, Holy Cross Ranger District, Minturn; (970) 827-5715; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Local Contacts
USGS Mount of the Holy Cross and Minturn; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 126 Holy Cross/Ruedi Reservoir; Latitude 40˚ Vail & Eagle
Local Maps

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Dec 2018