This strenuous hike climbs over 2700ft to Notch Mountain (13,077ft), leaving many gasping for air. It's a 10.2-mile round trip that can be done in five to seven hours, but you'll be rewarded with sublime views of the Bowl of Tears and the snowy cross on Mount of the Holy Cross (through mid-July) to the west.

To get here, take the turnoff to Tigiwon Rd (USFS Rd 707, opens June 21), 3 miles south of Minturn. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended for the rough, 8-mile journey to the Fall Creek Trailhead.