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Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Post Date:  10/11/2010
Date Climbed:   10/11/2010
Posted By:  pills2619

 Mount Massive-Standard Route   

Started off at about 10am in the morning and continued up the first section of the trail until it breaks off from the colorado trail and becomes, Main Mount Massive trail. All the way to tree line and past the willows the trail looked like Image, with little snow. Once I hiked beyond the willows the trail became almost completely snow covered. It was the nasty mix between just enough snow to cover the rocks but not enough to protect you from slipping and tripping on the rocks that you couldnt see, Image. This terrain continued until about 1/2 mile from the summit when the trail became well packed and defined, mostly due to the merging of the south and main routes. Image Shows the final approche to the summit and the trail is well defined.

The temperature was about 20 degrees with winds between 20 and 40 mph, which made for a nice warm up to the winter season.

If your considering this climb i would wait another couple of week till there is more snow on it if you are comfortable in those conditions.

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  • Comments or Questions

re     2010-10-16 19:19:43
No I didn't need any crampons. It took me about eight hours round trip.


Trail conditions     2010-10-16 19:09:36
Really nice pictures. I am thinking about climbing up that peak on Tthursday. How long did it take you to get up there? Did you need crampons?


Massive from Fish Hatchery     2010-11-15 12:20:06
I went up last week on the Colorado Trail from Leadville Fish Hatchery. No tracks. Nine hours. Twelve miles. Only reached 12,000 feet. Snowstorm today probably means knee-deep powder this week. I am using crampons above tree-line. I hiked Mount Elbert two weeks ago with crampons. Trail had fresh powder on ice along the steep ridge grade from 12,000-14,000 feet.

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