Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Date Posted:  06/05/2010
Date Climbed:   06/05/2010
Author:  dmccool
 Mt. Massive - Standard Route  

I drove to the Mt. Massive TH on Friday evening and slept in the back of the truck. I met a couple guys who were doing Massive as their "Plan B". I was very fortunate to join them since they had a wealth of 14er knowledge - each having finished all of them.

ImageMt. Massive from Co Rd 11

We started up the East Route (standard) around 5:15 am. No need for headlamps since the sunrise came early and gave plenty of light.

The standard route is over 13 miles long, but a lot of it is gradual/easy hiking on a great trail.

Image Approaching treeline

ImageNear treeline with the remaining route in view - the trail leads to the right of the center peak and up to the ridge around 13,800

ImageNear the ridge, looking back at the approach

ImageCloser look at the reamining route

ImageOn the ridge - a great reward

We weren't exactly sure which "summit" was the actual summit, so we went to all of them. Once on the ridge, the wind was howling pretty good and the snow was very soft. Stay low to avoid poor footing.

ImageSummit view

The remaining snow never froze overnight and was very soft all day. My partners brought snow shoes - i didn't. I postholed every now and then, but nothing too major. They ended up using them on a pretty deep section, but only for about 200 yards. You can avoid most of the snowfields, so I'd say snowshoes aren't a necessity.

Overall, it was a great day on the mountain. Beautiful weather, great views, and great company - thanks Matt and Dan for letting me tag along. I hope to meet up again soon.

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 Comments or Questions

Poor Dog
11/30/2010 17:20
Unfortunate for the dog. I know it wasn't yours but that is one of the reasons it's good to keep them on a leash, so they don't have those interactions with wildlife. I have also heard of stories of dogs getting gored by Mountain Goats.


06/07/2010 17:00
to meet you also Grary. Had a fun day. Let me know if you want to try some other peaks later in the summer. Dog is fine and all quills are out and did not bother him. Here we go with leash police again. I liked the days when everyone was not trying to climb mountains and dog owners were left along.


06/07/2010 18:19
My thoughts exactly, Matt. I removed the photo to protect the innocent.

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