Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Date Posted:  06/11/2006
Date Climbed:   06/10/2006
Author:  climber514d

 Massive - SW from Halfmoon  

Great hike... steep and sustained from the meadows to the top. There are two cairns of substantial size in the meadow that mark the start of the steep SW slope route. They lay below some waterfalls and cliffs and are hard to miss. From the cairns ascend some steep talus/mixed with trees and large blocks then cross into an open hillside of alpine tundra. The route then zig-zags up the open green tundra up onto a small bench... above the bench is a large talus slope that narrows to a right leaning slot. Climb the slot and reach the saddle... then stroll up and left along the ridge for about 1/4 mile across some airy but secure footing to the summit.

On 6-10-06 the route wandered abit around some lingering snowbanks of good size. I heard that the trail was rebuilt about 2 years ago - it looks great and was in nice condition... must have taken alot of work... hats off to the trail crew. We glissaded quite a long distance until having to hike again... probably dropped 1000-1500 on our butts! Snow was a little soft around 11am... No need for snowshoes or heavy boots... I did it in my lightweight trail runners...

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