Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Date Posted:  07/28/2020
Date Climbed:   07/27/2020
Author:  needpetrol
 Massively satisfying views   

After proudly pulling up to the North Halfmoon Trailhead in my Forester XT, I parked amongst a few 4WD vehicles and set off up the mountain. The trailhead is on the other side of some pretty rough terrain but the X-Mode crawled right over it.

It was 3 am and I was determined to get that sunrise summit. I enjoyed the easy start with the running water in the distance as my only companion. I found the fork in the route and as I turned to head up the hill I realized this was going to be a blast. The elevation change was reminiscent of one of my favorite hikes in the boulder area, Green Mountain, but at a different elevation altogether.

I summited at roughly 6 am and got down in 2 hours and 20 minutes. I did lose the trail in one of the boulder fields and had to deal with some scree/talus. Not my first rodeo so I just muscled through it until I found the trail again- thanks to AllTrails. The sunrise was lovely and painted the rippled clouds in delightful pink and peach hues. As I neared the first false summit I came across a guy that stopped briefly to chat - and warned that something was moving in around 8. I pushed on to the true summit, meeting another man named Greg just 50 yards up the trail coming in from the longer western trail. We summited together while chatting about the satisfaction of having achieved the sunrise summit. Nothing quite as satisfying as the solemnity and peace at an unoccupied peak during, you guessed it, sunrise.

We chatted briefly after watching each other document the event with cell phone cameras - and then I set off down the hill without him. I saw that the trail was much easier to find during daylight and made it down in no time flat while snapping a few photos and enjoying the babbling water once again.

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