Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Date Posted:  07/05/2019
Date Climbed:   07/04/2019
Author:  allysonhikes
 Mt Massive - East Slopes 7/4/19   

Beautiful day on Mt. Massive East Slopes on 7/4/19. The route is getting close to being snow free, but probably has another few weeks before all the snow fields completely melt. That being said, the snow fields were so minimal, we never felt a need to even pull out our spikes.

Below treeline the trail is in great condition, and super easy to follow. There are a few creek/river crossings that were a little difficult with all the snowmelt (they were rushing), but definitely doable.

Coming above treeline, you are greeted with the beautiful views of Mt. Massive and South Massive. From here, don't get your hopes up (sorry). It looks like you're almost there, but you still have a ways to go! Above treeline, there is a few muddy spots due to snowmelt, and a few snow fields. In the morning (7am) we weren't postholing too bad and could make it over them just fine, but on the way down we were postholing about knee-waist deep. Route finding was a little difficult with the snow fields, but using the map on AllTrails helped us stay on track.

If you don't have waterproof boots, I would say those are a must right now (or at least something water resistant). The trail has transformed into a creek, with all the snowmelt running down the trail. Between that & all the snow, waterproof shoes were extremely useful.

We began at 5:45am, summit at 11:33am, down by 2:15pm. Don't take the 4,500' of elevation gain lightly! Recommend tons of water, snacks & breaks! Beautiful hike.

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Comments or Questions
Penhawk
thanks
07/05/2019 15:04
thanks for the update on the trip, looking for one to do tuesday



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