Holy Cross

4.82 out of 5
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↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This is possibly the funnest/most challenging technical ride around. Start by riding up Pet-a-Kes. At the top, look to the east for the marker to the Holy Cross Trail. You should see the "Widowmaker" climb above you--fortunately you're not going there. Then, prepare yourself for the best ride you may ever see (if you're an advanced technical rider). The ride starts with some fun, flowy desert singletrack with a few small obstacles. Then, you get into the rocks, and over them, around them beside, them, and even under them. Some of the ride may feel like a trials course--few can complete it without walking. But the trail was well-designed, with great flow, and if you learn the course, it can become a real ruch to complete any of the challenging technical sections. Be careful when you hit the marked intersection with Gunny trail--go left. Pass by the entrance and exit to Miramonte, ride the top of the ridge, and finish with the switchbacks down to the parking area.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (11)


April 22, 2015
WesternSLP Gramcounter  
Review: I wish I had the ability to ride this trail. Even though the Holy Cross trail sucked the soul out of me, this is a 5 star designed trail! It really is a wonder.

IF I had the ability to ride it out, my 1 issue is the trail designers must be horse jockeys, as at 6'4" (riding a 29er/XL), you just don't fit under the juniper (and a few other spots).

Similar Trail: have never seen anything else built like this.

Granny Gear

January 13, 2015
hairy1 Granny Gear  
Review: I live in the area and this is my favorite ride. Challenging, Techy, but still flows well. If you like rock problems you will love this trail. Great reviews below.


April 23, 2014
Review: My favorite trail in the Tabaguache and in my top 3 in Fruita/GJ. A technical delight!

Granny Gear

May 11, 2012
toyotatrd Granny Gear  
Review: one of my top 10 trails, u must check it out if you are in the area!


October 9, 2011
Review: A great trail in the Lunch Loop section. This trail is most definately for the advanced rider, although intermediate riders can take it. They just have to dismount a little more. Best ridden as a downhill from Tabegauche.

Similar Trail: Eagles Wing

Bunny Hop

September 15, 2011
Review: Some hairy technical sections on the way down from the TH trail. Rode it after a rain storm, which made the trail quite a bit more challenging. Great views. Nice over the bars tumble in the rocks. Got to love it!

Granny Gear

March 17, 2011
Woodchuck1 Granny Gear  
Review: Holy Cross is everything all the reviewers said. After riding extensively throughout the East and West I'd say this is in my top 5 rides anywhere in the U.S.

Similar Trail: Troy Bilt

Bunny Hop

January 25, 2011
Review: Great technical riding

Granny Gear

October 8, 2010
Review: This is my favorite trail at the the tabeguache trail system

Similar Trail: Zippy-Do-da

Bunny Hop

September 25, 2010
drlg Bunny Hop  
Review: An automatic 5 stars for Holy Cross. It is the best trail in the area. Lots of non-stop, doable technical sections. Depending on your skill level, you may not like it the first time, you may find it tolerable the second time, but you'll love it the third time.

Similar Trail: Eagle's Wing (Tabegauche)

Holy Cross MTB Trail 4.82 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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