|Peak:||Mt. Massive (14er)|
|Route:||East Ridge (from Fish Hatchery)|
|Date of Information:||02/25/2012|
Our group of six (three campers and three day-hikers) reached the summit yesterday via this route. The routefinding from the Fish Hatchery should be straightforward as the Highline Trail is well signed, (though we did miss a sign and added ~2 miles of trailbreaking to our climb...as if it wasn't hard enough already). At present, a trench exists all the way to treeline on the Highline Trail. There is one wind-loaded bowl with obvious slide debris right at treeline, but it is easily avoided on either side (we ascended the right side and stashed our snowshoes shortly after). From here the large bowl below the "notch" is mostly dry, and the class 3 scrambling through the notch and over the rock towers is sometimes necessary to avoid walking across the tops of wind-loaded slopes on either side of the ridge. Once you pass the rock towers the route is mostly blown dry to the summit. Minimal avalanche hazard as long as you stay on route above treeline. We heard numerous whoompfs and collapses in the trees, just a reminder to stay on dry terrain. PM with any specific questions!