Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Date Posted:  08/12/2009
Date Climbed:   08/10/2009
Author:  Brickfeet

 Southwest Slopes - The Endless Summit  

As I always enjoy doing, I pushed my Mercury Sable up the 4WD road further than I ought to. We ended up parking at a campsite just before the road got really bad, though we were still about a mile or so from the TH. We spent the night there got up at 4:30 AM and left the car at 5:15 AM. It was not a terrible walk to the TH we were just shy of 110J so the half mile was a good warm up, mostly uphill.

The TH sign says it is for Halfmoon Lake which is the correct route as we later split off towards Massive as the RD indicates. The RD is very accurate in all of its descriptions. We encountered no snow yet it was rather windy and cold since the route is up the west face and the sun does not reach it until it is up and over the mountain‘s ridge.

I don‘t mind false summits, but finding the true top of Mt. Massive was a little difficult. After rounding the bend after 14,300 the large false summit in the RD is only the first. From there we reached a high point that appeared to be the summit, though a large pole sticking out of the ground another 100 yards away made me believe it was the summit.

After the LARGE false summit, heading to the top.

We came to what we believe was the summit at 8:45 AM though were unable to find a register or USGS marker.

Down climbing was easy, no problems and we made it back to the car at 11:30.

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 Comments or Questions

08/15/2009 16:07
You couldn‘t find a BM because there simply isn‘t one. But you couldn‘t find a register because the $*@%)@! Forest Service (Leadville Ranger District, at least) has ”decided” to take them all out. There used to be a CMC register on Massive and, as of July 2009, there still is one on North Massive. It sounds like you reached the summit, though. Congrats.

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