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Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby DenneyR » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:05 am

I'm looking for some input to help me decide which route to take when I hike Mt Massive next summer.

What is your opinion on the Standard East Slopes vs the Southwest Slopes.

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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby screeman57 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:15 am

Standard route is longer, with a gentler approach, while the Southwest slopes is shorter and steeper. Personally, I prefer the Southwest slopes--it's much less crowded and more scenic. Consider, also, the North ridge from Windsor Lake (past the fish hatchery). That's a spectacular way to experience the mountain, and gets you a few of the other summits. There's a little bit of low-class scrambling on the ridge (mainly on North Massive).

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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby USAKeller » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:16 am

Check out this thread on Massive's routes from a few months ago and hopefully that can help answer your question!
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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby XC Snowboarder » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:02 am

+1 for the Tour including N Massive

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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby DenneyR » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:29 am

screeman57 wrote:Standard route is longer, with a gentler approach, while the Southwest slopes is shorter and steeper. Personally, I prefer the Southwest slopes--it's much less crowded and more scenic. Consider, also, the North ridge from Windsor Lake (past the fish hatchery). That's a spectacular way to experience the mountain, and gets you a few of the other summits. There's a little bit of low-class scrambling on the ridge (mainly on North Massive).



Why not do all of them?


I've considered the route from Windsor Lake or Native Lake as described in Roach, but I can't find much info on that route. I don't want to do too much trail finding or bushwhacking

Not sure if my old body can take it

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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby DenneyR » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:34 am

USAKeller wrote:Check out this thread on Massive's routes from a few months ago and hopefully that can help answer your question!


thanks so much for the link to the other thread. It helped a lot.

Looks like the SW Slopes will be my choice. Mainly because of less people and better scenery.......I can handle the steeper trail, shorter distance

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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby USAKeller » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:45 am

DenneyR wrote:
USAKeller wrote:Check out this thread on Massive's routes from a few months ago and hopefully that can help answer your question!

thanks so much for the link to the other thread. It helped a lot.

Looks like the SW Slopes will be my choice. Mainly because of less people and better scenery.......I can handle the steeper trail, shorter distance

SW Slopes is a great choice - my personal favorite of the two!
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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby DenneyR » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:50 am

USAKeller wrote:
DenneyR wrote:
USAKeller wrote:Check out this thread on Massive's routes from a few months ago and hopefully that can help answer your question!

thanks so much for the link to the other thread. It helped a lot.

Looks like the SW Slopes will be my choice. Mainly because of less people and better scenery.......I can handle the steeper trail, shorter distance

SW Slopes is a great choice - my personal favorite of the two!


BTW, I love your quote........."Somewhere between that settin' sun, I'm on fire and born to run."

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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby USAKeller » Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:58 pm

DenneyR wrote:BTW, I love your quote........."Somewhere between that settin' sun, I'm on fire and born to run."

Haha thanks! It's from the country song "Springsteen" by Eric Church and it pretty much sums up where I feel I'm at in life right now, especially the "born to run" part...
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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby giarcd » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:25 pm

HIked up southwest trail after car camping night before-----had alittle 'issue in the dark ' chosing path thru boulder field ---- great summit with good folks as always!!!

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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby herdbull » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:00 pm

I did the SW route this past summer and loved it. I'd rather do shorter but steeper routes versus longer gentler routes. Also the road is much improved over what it has been in the past.

I finished the last .25 miles or so with 2 guys that came up the standard longer route. We spent the time on the summit together and they decided to descend with me and I dropped them off at their truck on the way out. While they weren't huge fans of the rocks they said that side of the mtn was much more scenic and way shorter.

We also got to see the infamous white marmot of Mt. Massive.
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Re: Mt Massive - Best Route

Postby DenneyR » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:32 am

Does anyone have any info on the route from Windsor Lake or Native Lake as described in Roach, I can't find much info on that route.

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