Peak:  Mt. Massive (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Mickeys Grenade
 Date of Info:  03/04/2012
 Date Posted:  03/04/2012

I made an attempt on Mt. Massive from the Leadville Fish Hatchery this weekend. I left Saturday morning with a backpack and I also pulled a sled. The Highline Trail is well marked with lots of signs and blue diamonds as far as the junction with the Colorado Trail. The trailbreaking started at the junction of the Highline and Rock Creek Trail. I made a camp at ~11,250 on the Highline Trail, then things got even more difficult. I continued to break trail to ~11,400 to the left of an open meadow, but I was finding sections that were waist deep. There was a lot of collapsing and cracking even on low angle terrain. At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday I called it quits and returned to my sled to get camp set up. The wind had already covered up some of my trench on my way back. It was quite windy Saturday night and I was exhausted. I decided to pack out this morning and forget about a summit attempt. On my way out I saw 6 people on snowshoes. As of today the Highline Trail is packed down with a nice trench to ~11,250.

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