Peak:  Mt. Massive (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  emohr
 Date of Info:  06/16/2013
 Date Posted:  06/16/2013

Camped about a mile in from the Trailhead Saturday Night, and began our hike at 5:30 AM the next morning

The Trail is in awesome condition and really well maintained because its part of the Colorado Trail.

I was able to summit in Chacos, so the snow isn't too serious. There were probably 3 snow fields in the basin below the final ridge, and 3 snow fields along the ridge to the summit. Most of them can be avoided, but have been tracked through for several weeks, so microspikes aren't necessary.

There is a surprising amount of snow on the East Face of Massive that is off the trail, and was making a small creek down the trail during the warmer hours.

After our summit, a storm raged in all the way from the Elks and poured some snow on us. Nothing too severe, and no thunder or lightning. Lemme know if you have any questions about the route!

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