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 Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
"South Massive"  -  14,132 feet
"Massive Green"  -  14,300 feet
"North Massive"  -  14,340 feet
 Post Date:  09/02/2011
 Date Climbed:   09/01/2011
 Posted By:  alpinenut

 Mt. Massive Loop   

I really found this trip report really useful so I pirated the format.

Summary
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Car at Halfmoon Creek Rd and Forest Road 110J: 5:50 AM
N Halfmoon Creek TH: 6:08 AM
Trail Junction of Mt Massive and N Halfmoon Creek Trail: 6:48 AM
S Massive Saddle: 9:08 AM
S Massive: 9:39 AM
Depart: 9:54 AM
Mt Massive: 10:51 AM
Massive Green: 11:10 AM
N Massive Saddle: 11:30 AM
Depart: 11:45 AM
N Massive: 12:42 PM
Depart: 12:55 PM
Trail Junction of Mt Massive and N Halfmoon Creek Trail: 3:08 PM
N Halfmoon Creek TH: 3:38 PM
Arrived back at Car: 3:50 PM

Total Time: 10 hours
Total Distance: ~10.5mi
Net Elevation Gain: ~5133'
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We drove my 99 Audi A4 1.8T to the junction of Halfmoon Creek Rd and Forest Road 110J. From there we walked to the N Halfmoon Creek TH. The walk up only took about 18 min. In hindsight I believe we could have driven all the way up with my car.

Here's a picture of our route (red for ascent, blue for descent):

Image

We ascended the SW Slopes route and descended the W Slopes route. Summited S Massive, Mt Massive, Massive Green, and N Massive in that order.

The ascent route was very straight forward until we reached N Massive. I found the following pictures from the trip report mentioned above very useful for finding our way to the summit of N Massive -

Rock Towers
Summit Approach 1
Summit Approach 2

On the W Slopes route descent, cairn spotting is challenging as you make your way down the valley. Eventually you will reach a highly vegetated area that is very tricky to make your way through. All I can suggest is that you look for a trail coming leading to the E just past the point where the creek winds around a small boulder field. Sorry for not thinking to take a picture. Make your way through the bushes, across the small streams, and eventually to the trail leading down to the forest below.

This is a beautiful loop route that seemed much more scenic than the E side of Mt Massive.



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