Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Date Posted:  07/09/2006
Date Climbed:   07/01/2006
Author:  jonnyh
 Team G goes Massive: Southwest Slopes from North Halfmoon  

Getting to the North Halfmoon Creek Trailhead is pretty tough unless you have a vehicle with clearance. My buddy‘s Scion made it halfway and then we called it quits. Another sedan that day felt they could make it and ended up popping a hole in their gas tank. Still there when we left. For the last 1/2 mile to the TH you need lots of clearance. There are a lot of unmarked camping sites along the way.

This route up Massive is quick, scenic and pretty easy. The trail is easy to follow up to the turn at 1.3 miles which is marked with a huge cairn. It was wet in a few places but nothing major.

This route up from the North turn is the best maintained trail out of all the 14ers I have been up. Props to the Fourteeners Intiative who must have had landscape architects working for them when they constructed the trail. It is practically like walking up a staircase. (see picture) You can see parts of the old trail that used to be there on the way up but it is very easy to follow the CFI trail to the top. This route is really steep as you gain 3000 in elevation in under 2 miles but it easy to follow.

Close to the top where 3 trails intersect it becomes somewhat difficult to find the trail while scrambling along the ridge to the summit for 1/4 mile. The top has great views of Elbert, Leadville and people coming up the long way.

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