Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Date Posted:  07/11/2019
Date Climbed:   07/10/2019
Author:  tylerjburn
 Mt. Massive - East Slope   

We (my brother and I) started hiking at 4 am. We wanted to get out of the tree line before the sun rose and we were able to achieve that goal. Our gear included hiking poles, gaiters, and waterproof boots in regards to the snow. Overall the condition on Mt. Massive (East Slope) is very very good. We only had to cross a couple of snowfields, but people before us had already post-holed and made footprints so we just stepped where they stepped. We didn't bring an ice ax or spikes of any kind and we never felt like we needed them either. We summited at 9 am and stayed on the summit for about 30 minutes before starting our descent. We got back to our vehicle around 1:30 pm. My brother and I are very amateur hikers. We hiked Mt. Elbert last year in July and we hiked Mt. Sherman on 7/9/2019. In the condition that Massive is in right now, just about anyone could hike it and that's coming from some amateur hikers. Just as anyone level-headed person would say: use common sense, don't be stupid. If there is water running underneath a patch of snow or a snowfield, should you step on it? No. If you're struggling to breathe and feeling the altitude, should you take a break? Yes. Again, Massive currently is in really good condition to hike and the snow didn't prevent us from getting to the summit. The snow will just continue to melt as the days progress and the conditions will only get better. I suggest starting your hike as early as possible as the snow is still hard and you won't post-hole. I only post-holed twice to about knee deep, but it didn't pose any problems at all. I would recommend taking a few pairs of extra socks just in case your feet get wet.

Not even a mile into the trail, you will run into a giant boulder that covers the whole trail. It's no big deal just go around it.

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You will also run into two streams that are a little dangerous. I would suggest throwing your pack and poles across each stream and then hop over the stream. In order to hop over each stream, you will need to go upstream a little bit to find a spot that isn't too far of a jump. You can always go across the stream but chances are you will fully submerge your feet. But hey, to each his own.

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The tree line goes on for about 3-4 miles and then you start the big climb towards the summit. We were able to get out of the tree line just as the sun rose up. It was quite a sight to see.


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We never really had any issues when it came to finding the trail. I read some reports that the trail was hidden due to snow and other debris, but we had no trouble at all finding the trail. There were a few times where the trail wasn't distinct, but we could locate it farther ahead with ease. You can see the summit right when you get to the ridgeline which helps out a lot mentally because you can see the end goal. The way up to the summit gets pretty rocky and we had to scale up some rocks, but again nothing to really worry about.

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The way down was fairly simple and we never really had any problems finding the trail and the snow didn't pose a problem at all.


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Overall, Massive (East Slope) is in great condition to hike in. I would have water-proof boots, bring poles, and have gaiters just in case you post-hole, otherwise, bring your sense of adventure and enjoy Gods beautiful creation.




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