Mt. Massive - 14,421 feet
|Mt. Massive Hike SW Slope- 6-27-2020|
We started at 5:30am on 6/27/2020. I always start my hikes really early because of the unpredictable Colorado weather. Luckily, the weather held out for our entire hike and only started to rain when we were done and got back to camp. We camped along FS RD 110 near 110J, the campsite was only about 0.65 miles from the North Halfmoon Teailhead (the Southwest Slope) which is the way we hiked up. People weren't joking when they said it was steep. I tracked the hike with both my garmin watch and the CalTopo App and the degree incline got up to 50 at one point (which is about a 119% grade, which is fairly intense). We summited right at 9:30am and hung out on the top for a while in the sun. There were lots of rocky areas/boulder fields that can make it difficult to follow the trail, but the rock stacks are helpful. This was the first 14er I took my dog on, I was a bit worried about her feet getting tore up by the rocks, but she did great! Not much snow, just a few patches near the false summit. Started back down at 10:45am and made it back to camp in 2hr 38min, by the time we were half way down the wind really started to pick up and clouds started rolling in. I would definitely recommend packing lots of water for this hike. We finished 4L of water before getting halfway down which I wasn't expecting. Otherwise this hike was wonderful! Not too heavily trafficked either since it is not the standard route.
The FS RD 110 seems to be a popular 4-wheeling and side-by-side recreational road so it was pretty busy and a bit noisy.
My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):
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