A Quick Guide to Tigiwon Road

From camping to summiting Eagle County's sole fourteener, Tigiwon Road is the valley's gateway to nature.

By Kirsten Dobroth July 2, 2020 Published in the Summer/Fall 2020 issue of Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine

Tigiwon Road

Forest Road 707a.k.a. Tigiwon Road—starts at the southern outskirts of Minturn just past Maloit Park (home to the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, a public school where snowsports is part of the curriculum, and the Minturn Fitness Center—Lindsey Vonn’s favored gym; minturnfitnesscenter.com). It switchbacks steadily through pine and aspen for about 2,000 feet and eight miles before ending at Halfmoon Campground ($15 per night for first-come, first-served sites; fs.usda.gov). From there, hikers head up the Halfmoon Trail for an endurance trek to summit the county’s lone fourteener, Mount of the Holy Cross (a 10.2-mile round trip, with over 8,000 feet of elevation gain, only for those who are physically fit and well-equipped), or up the Fall Creek Trail for a more moderate there-and-back (same distance, but only 2,700 feet of elevation gain) to Notch Mountain, the historic summit overlook where photographer William Henry Jackson captured an image of the mountain’s iconic cross-shaped couloir in 1873.


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