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|2015-09-12||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: This hike was a fantastic one, no adverse weather, light winds (surprisingly), and overall a beautiful day. We left our campsite located about 0.5 miles from the intersection of the main North Halfmoon trail and the SW approach to Mt. Massive at about 06:30, and made the summit by around 08:30. The SW slopes were certainly steep, and the trek up was challenging. Nevertheless, it was a gorgeous day and the trail in generally good condition. The only parts of the trail which could be considered ambiguous were the sections through talus/scree, but cairns were generally well marked. On the final push to the summit (after the false 14,xxx summit), another hiker went slightly off the trail but I alerted him to the cairn he missed and he was able to scramble up a small hill to reach the main, more obvious trail which I was on. The winds at the top were surprisingly light, and there were few clouds in the sky. This trail overall was in fantastic condition, and the fall colors changing made the views of the valleys below spectacular. There were a good deal of other hikers on the trail as well.
|2015-08-15||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: My husband, 14 year old son, our dog (border collie) and I drove up to the top trail head as listed in the trail head directions. I drove my 4 wheel drive suburban. There is one section in the last .5 miles of the trail that my husband got out of the car and pointed the direction I needed to turn my wheels to get over some big dips and bumps. There are two pretty rough spots but we made it through without scrapping the bottom. I did notice that the parking area had only high clearance SUVs and trucks. We camped across from the trail head. There are at least 5 or more nice little camping spots up at the parking area. There are many more spots down below the trail head on the way up. We got up early and started hiking at 5:15 am. The first mile of the 4 mile hike is very easy and only has an elevation gain of about 300 ft. This means that the last 3 miles of the hike has about 3600 ft in elevation. Once you hit the trail head junction of Halfmoon trail and Massive trail, turn right to take the Massive trail. This is when you start climbing and do not stop climbing until you reach the summit. There are 3 false summits. The view from the top is definitely worth it and is spectacular. It took us almost 4 hours to summit.
|2015-08-08||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: I am attempting to climb all the 14ers this summer. Massive makes it 22. You can read more about this hike and others by visiting my blog at sunshineof1985.com! Distance: 8 mi. Elevation Gain: 3,950 ft. Time started: 5:50am End time: 10:25am Time to Summit:3 hours and 20 minutes Time to Descent:1 hour 55 minutes Overall Pace: 1.9 miles per hour GEAR (to bring): GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, lightweight gloves, day pack with water sack, food, sunscreen, lip balm. Road Condition: The road isn‘t bad leading to the Mount Massive main parking lot. Notice, that on the directions it tells you to continue another 2 miles to another trailhead for Mount Massive and that you should have 4WD. With my Saturn SL2 (a sedan) I made it just .3 miles shy of the trailhead. It‘s hilly and there are numerous potholes, but driving carefully you can make it that far in a car. Trail Condition: The trail is fairly straightforward except for when you get to the meadow. Somehow I got lost in the meadow for a good 10-15 minutes. There are multiple trails in the meadow. If the trail isn‘t dirt and rocks, you‘re on the wrong one. You cannot see the summit from here. Walking in the meadow, the mountain is to your RIGHT, and the trail leads up and across, not down. There is a sign that says either Half Moon Creek and continuing straight, or turning right and going up on Massive trailhead- this is the one you want to take. Once you‘re past this, the trail is straightforward.
|2015-07-15||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: One or two snow crossings at the summit ridge, nothing more than 20 feet. Trail was damp from the rain, not run-off. A day or so of sunlight will make the trail dry again. The wetness wasn‘t a huge concern on the rocks, just take it slow to avoid rolling an ankle. Pics and more info found at the link: https://everythingoutdoorscolorado.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/mt-massive/
|2015-07-11||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Trail is good. A few patches of snow that are of little to no concern. Standard route (east) looked to have a few more patches of snow. Didn‘t look like anyone was having issues with them. Lots of wildflowers are out. Large variety and quantities.
|2015-06-27||Route: 14,000-foot point loop - from N. Halfmoon Creek TH
Info: We hiked the "tour de massive"on Saturday, hitting north massive, massive green, mt massive, and my boyfriend also went to south massive. The trail is mostly clear of snow, although we did use traction to gain the ridge at the end of north half moon creek trail. Other snow patches that we hit between north massive the my massive were a bit deep, but slushy. Gaiters were a must to keep our feet dry! I had crampons with me, but only ever needed my yak-traks. The southwest slopes trail had well-packed snow on the ridge and only a few spots where the trail was covered on our way down. Others said it was a little difficult to find the trail going up because of the snow, but it was easy to spot on the way down. Only real difficulty we ran into was a creek crossing at the end of north half moon trailhead, which we added some stones to get across.
|2015-06-27||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: No snow until close to 13000. Big snow fields covered the route in this area. It was hard to figure out where to go so we just basically went straight up, had a little trouble with one snow field that was very icy and steep but for the most part you can avoid most the snow and just improvise. Coming back down we found there was a lot of open trail that was pretty far northwest. We followed it as far as we could then had awesome glissading for about 1000 ft of elevation. Had to stop and walk over to avoid rocks but then could glissade more. Overall great route. Not many people, lots on the other side. Snow got pretty soft by 1030. We did bring snowshoes and microspikes. Used the snowshoes to try to cross one of the snowfields but it was too slick. Like I said, you could either avoid the snow by going further to the right straight up or better would be to go to the left if you just traverse a little lower. I will try to get pictures out soon.
|2015-06-21||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Was planning on getting the Tour De Massive done today. Left the trailhead at 6:30am on the Southwest Slopes side. No snow until about 12k. Then it increases until the summit. We postholed a few times before 8:00am crossing a few of the snow fields and the summer route is a no go unless you have traction. South Massive is almost completely dry. The ridge over to Massive is a good mix of snow and rock and we were happy to have microspikes coming down and axes to glissade with. We didn‘t get over to Massive Green or North Massive, but it would definitely be a mixed climb with some spice; still tons of snow especially on the east side of the Massive massif. Also, Mt. Oklahoma‘s southeast slopes are still completely covered with snow. PM me if you need more detailed photos. I may have what you are looking for.
|2015-06-13||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Dry to treeline and skiable from the summit with a bit of creative route-finding from the ridge
|2015-06-09||Route: Savage Peak looking south to Massive
Info: Snowy Sawatch... Could see the northern part of the range from Savage Peak.
|2015-06-04||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Climbed Mt. Massive this morning via the SW slopes route. Had a hard freeze down to about 11,500 - pleasantly surprised since the forecast was for warmer overnight temps. Started from the 4WD TH at 2:30, reached the summit shortly before 7, back to the TH by 9:15. Used crampons from about 11,700 to the summit and back down to 11,700. Was glad I had crampons and not just microspikes. Brought snowshoes, but never used them. Trail in the trees is wet, muddy, and has a number of snowdrifts. There were recent slides on the SW slopes, so check snow conditions before heading up/get down before things get mushy. It looked like you could avoid avy slopes by climbing the shoulder of the slope on climbers left and staying out of the gully. Added a few photos. It was dark when I ascended and I forgot to take a picture of the SW slopes until I got down to the meadow at 11,200.
|2015-05-22||Route: East Slopes
Info: Did not summit, but reached 14,240 ft and headed back due to weather. But, overall a great hike...or shall I say snow shoe. Used these whole way except for 1st 0.75 miles. Road clear to TH. Snow wet with post holing despite snow shoes in the forest. Snow much easier to handle above tree line. The ridge line that we did complete was w/o cornice formation...think there was some cornices on actual summit. We camped 2 miles in from TH the night before but got a later start than planned. Had we gotten 3 miles in the 1st night (as initially planned), probably would have reached the top.
|2015-03-08||Route: Fish Hatchery
Info: Really nice hiking trail to CT turn off. After that we had to establish skin track in deep snow. The sole snowshoer that was with us mentioned brutal postholing even with skin track. Ridge is mostly windblown and dry, although certain sections were windloaded, so we avoided them. Made for some interesting ridge scrambling with ski/snowboard gear. Skied variation of summer route. Snow conditions were sastrugi galore above the treeline, and some soft snow below. No wind to speak off. 12 hr RT.
|2015-02-18||Route: E Ridge from Fish Hatchery
Info: E Ridge in good shape, but a storm is coming. Trail is packed to 11,000 ft, then snowshoes or skins req to treeline. I stashed the slowshoes there- beyond, most of the ridgecrest is bare.
|2015-01-25||Route: East Ridge from the Fish Hatchery TH
Info: We put a trench in all the way to treeline. After that, the ridge is wind-scoured and pretty easy passage most of the way. We had to turn around short of the summit due to extreme winds. I draw the line at crawling to the summit on my hands and knees (which I had to do at one point). Hoping someone else can benefit from all our hard work. Enjoy!
|2014-11-08||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: My Jeep Patriot got about 1/4 mile from the upper trail head (N. Halfmoon) on Saturday. There were 3 other vehicles (high clearance trucks) that made it up all the way to the trailhead. The trail is still very visible up the southwest slopes and most of the snow is avoidable. We had to post-hole a couple of spots on the ridge when the southwest slopes trail joins the east slopes. Micro-spikes and gators might be nice to have but I didn‘t use them.
|2014-10-05||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: The trail was bone dry all the way to about 13,500 ft, then there were patches of snow, but nothing was too icy. Used my summer weight goretex lined hiking boots with no problems. Sunday was a great day all around with warmer temperatures at the trail head. It progressively became colder towards the peak as expected. Started with base layers and transitioned to gloves, hat and jacket by the time we were at 13,500 feet. Excellent hike with excellent views of the snow capped mountains surrounding Mt. Massive.
|2014-09-17||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Saw a Subaru at the 4WD trailhead, but many elected to walk that last 1/2 mile--there are two pretty rough spots that require good driving or high clearance in addition to 4WD. I was somewhat worried I would be able to follow the trail, find the intersection in the meadow, etc. with very little moonlight and a headlamp (I hit the trail at about 2:30a.m. for some summit photography). I found there was no problem at all following the trail with my headlamp. Even the intersection in the meadow was easy to find (there is a sign). The steep trail up is in very good shape and the CFI has done a great job building "stairs" through the boulder fields that I easily followed in the dark. I hit South Massive, Massive, Massive Green, North Massive, the Point 14,169, then came down the West Slopes route. The trail from Point 14,169/North Massive down into the valley is hit or miss. While still up high, in the tundra, the key initially is to aim for the prominent north-south ridge that is just east of North Half Moon Lakes, than drop into the valley on the east side--lots of scree until you get down into the valley.
|2014-07-13||Route: East Slopes
Info: This trail was completely clear of snow except for a few feet at the top just past the saddle, but you were able to cross easily without snow gear. There is a patch of snow that does not touch the trail, but you are able to slide down the side of the mountain about 200 or so feet so that you don‘t have to hike the last section of the trail (from the saddle) down.
|2014-07-12||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: I was worried this route would be too exposed for someone like me who has a little fear of heights. The trail was great and I didn‘t feel like their were any drop offs. Its steep but the wildflowers on the way up are incredible.