This hike takes you to the stone shelter on Notch Mountain for a fantastic view of Mount of the Holy Cross. The trail starts gently 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.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,780 ft|
|Skill Level||Most difficult|
|Duration||5 - 7 hours|
|Season||Best from late June to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,320 ft|
|Top Elevation||13,100 ft|
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