Peak:  Mt. Massive (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  54coldones
 Date of Info:  01/11/2012
 Date Posted:  01/11/2012

hiked the SW slopes. Camped at Elbert trailhead I might be the last person to drive back there till spring. Someone made a mess of the road and I think getting up that hill won't be feasible. I drove the snowmobile to the SW slopes trailhead and I think that or skinning will be the best option for access. The trail below timberline is easily identifiable, it's the transition to the alpine that is difficult. After you get above tree line the trail appears and disappears as it moves in and out of the lees. Once on the summit ridge it's fairly easy to follow. I looked down the eastern slopes and they are getting pretty wind loaded higher up with the light snow of this past storm. I think a strong wind event could disperse it but the forecast looks pretty calm. Still a goody though.

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