Notch Mountain

A great family climb because it has a view of the natural cross in the Mt. of the Holy Cross (listed separately already on your roster). Series of switchbacks, 6 miles up and 6 back same route. The view is a natural cross on the side of the 14,005 ft. Mt. about 2 miles away. Was a national monument until closed for US Army maneuvers in area in WWII era so Truman took it off the National Monument list in 1950. I climbed it on July 4, 1982 and the Cross was gorgeous though one arm is less distinct because of rock slides in recent yrs. Pioneer photographer Jackson finally proved it existed in 1875 as part of the Hayden survey. Artist Thomas Moran did several famous paintings of the Mt. in the 1870s. A major symbol of the Western US in the 1800s along with Yellowstone and Grand Canyon (also Moran's subjects). But to see it in its best form, the observer needs to climb Notch Mt.

Elevation (feet): 13,237
Elevation (meters): 4,035
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sawatch Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.4775
Longitude: -106.46
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1875
First successful climber(s): Hayden Survey 1875
Nearest major airport: small airport, Leadville
Convenient Center: Minturn

Thanks to Charles W. Miller Ph.D. for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Notch Mountain.

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  • Log #18462 - by Andrew MIller on Sep 15, 2004
    Summited Notch Mountains higher north summit under cool and cloudy skies this past Sunday. Take care to go just past the summit of Halfmoon Pass and on your left there will be a faint trail through...
  • Log #18463 - by Charles W. Miller Ph.D. on Aug 04, 2003
    Cross on nearby Mt. of the Holy Cross was spectacular on 1982 visit. Unfortunately, my whole roll of film was ruined. 2nd visit, later in yr.