Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Date Posted:  07/10/2011
Date Climbed:   07/09/2011
Author:  ericwilsondc
 Mt. Massive Standard Route  

Mount Massive July 9th 2011

So this trip starts out with a WICKED storm in Denver before the drive up to Leadville. If anyone else was north of Denver you prob got caught in the straight line winds and horizontal hail storm that nearly turned me back before even starting. Luckily my buddy was already in Buena Vista and said it's sunny up here get your ass moving! After riding out the storm under a gas station, I filled up and took off. I camped at the trail head as I arrived late without being able to find my buddies campsite in the dark. The next morning I woke to gray overcast skies, and little bit cautious of summiting with early dark clouds. No sign of my friend anywhere, I decided to throw on the gear and start up the trail head solo. There were prob 4 people that started earlier than me and I know 3 people were behind me and Charlie(the dog). So 6am start!! 7miles and 4500 ft here we come..

Breaking the treeline you are welcomed to some spectacular views!! Looking at the GPS I knew I still had a climb. They don't call it Massive for no reason..

Reaching the Saddle you are rewarded with some amazing views of the surrounding peaks and valley's. You are also taunted with the class II vertical you have in front to the summit. It's not bad, just looks worse than it is.. Only a couple snow fields remain and its easy enough to cross without anything but sure footing.

After conquering the false peaks you reach the "true" peak. The summit was windy and cold. I decided it was time for a New Castle and my sub to refuel. I had the peak to myself for 30 mins before the next round showed up. I reached the summit at 10am, so roughly a 4hour climb. Not to bad for the mileage.


Left the summit at 10:45am. On the Descent the sky opened up and it was just blue and perfect conditions to take my time and meander back the TH. Some picture taking was in order.

Back to the TH at 2pm, with big smiles and a very cold Arrogant Bastard awaiting. Wouldn't you know I run into my buddy at the TH. Also having a cold beverage. All in all a great day and another 14er bagg'd for the season!

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 Comments or Questions

07/11/2011 00:35
Glad you enjoyed.. It's a long one, but the standard route is pretty straight forward you guys will be fine! enjoy!!


Beautiful Pics
07/11/2011 01:43
Heading there in 3 weeks. Looks gorgeous and great pics. Weather forecasts around leadville have looked dicey. Did any storms crop up that day?


thank you...
07/11/2011 01:51
During the day it looked 50/50 on the way up. The clouds were rolling in waves but blue in between so I decided to summit. The typical start around 5 or 6am should get you up there in plenty of time before they roll in.

Craig Cook

Very nice!
07/11/2011 03:08
Great trip report! I can't wait to give this one a shot in the future.


Mt Massive
07/12/2011 01:05
I notice you just hiked Massive. My family and I are headed up to hike it Monday. We wanted to make a trip of it and camp over night. I notice you had a 3 in one jacket on. This photo was at the top so I know it would be could up there. How was the temp going up. Thanks I hope to hear from you. Hopefully we will have photos of our trip.


07/12/2011 01:10
@Craig Cook, Thanks buddy its definitely worth the haul!!

@Dragonslayer, it was basically Shorts weather until you hit saddle and the wind was piercing a bit. On top my hands froze in the 40 mins I was up there.. As long as you have some type of wind breaker and layers you will be fine on the summit, the rest of the trail bring sunscreen and your favorite cocktail!


07/12/2011 17:54
Thanks I appreicate the information Eric. I thought thats what you would say. We are very excited.


your dog
09/04/2011 05:03
you have a beautiful Weimaraner! They're my favorite dogs. Do you remember if the campgrounds were easy enough to find? We'll be up there still with daylight too. I'm assuming they're just off the road somewhere.

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