Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Post Date:  06/11/2012
Modified:  06/12/2012
Date Climbed:   06/09/2012
Posted By:  zephyr_pelicante

 Mount Massive from Halfmoon Creek   

This was #11 and the first on a weekend adventure of the Sawatch range which included Massive on Saturday and Harvard/Columbia traverse on Sunday.

The road and trail are completely snow free. The road is in descent shape, and there were many occupied campgrounds in the area.

The trail, while steep, is always well defined and/or cairned.

Massive Trail near top

We were hiking at a decent pace. All of us, (Craig, Dan, and I) had hiked 10+ 14ers so we knew the drill.

We met an older couple on the trail, who were getting up the trail pretty well.

We also met a father and 11yr old son, who we saw quite often on both the ascent and decent as well as the summit. We found out that the son had hiked around 15 14ers and the Dad had hiked all the 14ers during the 90's, and was getting a second round with his son. Naturally I had many questions for this guy who was happy to share experiences.

We also talked to a woman in her 20's (Aly?) who had finished her 20th 14er and last of the Sawatch range.

It was a cool experience talking to these other hikers and really made me love the experience more sharing it with other people who really enjoy it. The kid said he planned to finish all the 14ers by High School, I'll stick with before I'm 30

This was an enjoyable hike; props to whoever maintained the trail!

Now for pictures:
Looking back onto trail

Craig planking on Massive summit

Massive summit looking East

Massive summit looking Northeast

Massive summit looking Northeast

Massive summit looking Northwest

Massive summit looking Southwest

Massive summit looking South

Dan, Craig, and I on Massive summit

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Where's the post     06/12/2012 18:07
I remember there was a large post stuck in the summit cairn when I did Massive way back in '91. Time changes all things up there! Nice work!


Post location     09/24/2012 15:44
I believe it's still there, but it's taken a slight descent down the eastern slopes. It's not far from the summit.


Route?     08/03/2012 00:20
Did you guys go up the standard east slopes or the southwest slopes that is a bit shorter? I desire to go up the shorter route that is non standard, but I worry that the trail may be hard to follow on the non standard route.


Route     08/03/2012 16:27
We went on the southwest slopes. We never went off trail. It was a very well done trail that would be difficult to lose. The only thing you have to keep in mind is to look for the branch from the standard trail on returning.

I mentioned it was steep, but it's really quite tolerable. (or maybe I've just been on some more miserable trails since then).

It's conventionally a 4WD road to that trail. I can't remember if we saw any 2WD cars up there or not.

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