Photo: Looking northwest to Holy Cross Mountain in early June from Highway #541
Holy Cross Mountain (Alberta)
- 2650 m (8,695ft)
- First Ascent
- Naming History
Located in the Highwood River Valley at the southern end of the Highwood Range; headwaters of Wileman Creek
Major Valley: Highwood
Visible from Highway: 40S, 541
Ascent Party: Raymond M. Patterson
Named by: George Pocaterra
Named for: The mountain was named because of the clearly defined cross which often appears in the spring as the snows are melting off of the east facing slopes.
Immediately west of the Bull Creek Hills lies Holy Cross Mountain, so named because of the clearly defined cross which often appears in the spring as the snows are melting off of the east facing slopes. The appearance of the cross is dependent upon the snow conditions of the previous winter and it only lasts a couple of weeks at best. The peak lies just north of Highwood Gap, the point where the Highwood River passes through the front range and into the foothills. George Pocaterra named the mountain in the early 1900's after arriving from his birthplace in the Italian Alps. This mountain was a favourite of Raymond M. Patterson. From this summit he enjoyed wonderful views of his other favourites such as Mount Head, Mount McPhail, and the Three Giants of Nyahe-ya-'nibi, Mount Cadorna, Mount Swiderski, and Mount Battisti.