Mt. Massive - 14,421 feet
|Mt. Massive, up the Southwest slopes, down the east slopes|
Started my hike at about 6:30 from the Elbert Creek campground and walked up the road to the start of the southwest slopes route. (It is worth mentioning that if you plan to drive to north half moon creek trailhead, a 4WD with high clearance is required as there are some rock steps as you get closer to the trail head and the road is also one lane.) The weather was great and started about 35 degrees. Hiking through the trees i scared an elk up at one point but he was too quick to get a picture of. The trail is very easy to follow up until a section around 13,250 where i got a little off trail and scrambled up some rocks until a hit the trail again. Around 13,500 the wind started to gain speed and by the time i got to the ridge it was moving me around when it would gust. After reaching the summit i went down the east slopes route back to the Elbert creek campground, this route is far easier and not near as steep of a climb to the summit. I personally liked the views from the southwest slopes route better though. I was not in a hurry and completed the hike in 8 hours and 40 minutes with 4,581 feet of elevation gain over 13.81 miles.
My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):
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