Savage Peak

Minturn, Colorado 81645

Savage Peak

Savage Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Holy Cross Wilderness is home to a number of iconic couloirs. Just south of Mount of the Holy Cross lies a line both aesthetic and savage in nature—the Savage Couloir. First skied by Lou Dawson, Bob Perlmutter, and Jason Troth in 1997, the Savage Couloir is one of the most elusive lines in the state. As a result it rarely sees traffic. The line is somewhat difficult to access from a route-finding standpoint, which may or may not add allure and intrigue to the outing depending on your tastes.

Backpackers and day hikers frequently visit the high alpine lakes of Missouri Lakes Basin during the summer months, but in the spring the basin is very likely to be empty. As seen from this basin, Savage Peak stands out among its neighbors, being one of the higher peaks between fourteeners Mount Massive and Holy Cross. When you sit back and think about how far you are from civilization while in this basin, you will feel a true sense of seclusion indeed."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,139 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round. Best late April to early June.
10,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
13,139 feet
Top Elevation
Trails Illustrated #126: Holy Cross / Ruedi Reservoir; USGS: Mount of the Holy Cross and Mount Jackson.
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Dec 2018