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2014-07-13  East Slopes  This trail was completely clear of snow except for a few feet at the top just past the saddle, but you were able to cross easily without snow gear. There is a patch of snow that does not touch the trail, but you are able to slide down the side of the mountain about 200 or so feet so that you don‘t have to hike the last section of the trail (from the saddle) down. Samantha121887   2014-07-14 3     Edit Delete 
2014-07-10  East Slopes  The trail is almost completely clear of snow. There were two small snow patches to cross at 14,000 ft one about 20 meters and the other about 5 meters. Although there were a little slushy and slippery, no ice gear was needed and they are not near high exposure, so we felt safe. The trail was great and we loved the hard dirt packed trail. It was very even and easy to hike on. You could wear trail shoes. The three river crossing were all manageable without getting wet. Ramsey Boys   2014-07-11  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-05  East Slopes  Slightly muddy at spots from snow melt, but almost no snow on the route. There was one 25 (ish) ft spread of snow to hike across. I brought my microspikes and extra layers and regretted carrying the extra weight for 14 miles. Similarly, no snow on "North Massive" or "South Massive". K_Rager   2014-07-05  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-28  East Slopes  The road to the Mt. Massive trailhead was entirely clear and relatively smooth -- easy for even my low-clearance Prius to manage. We left the trailhead at 5:40 AM (despite ominous clouds above and a lightning storm a few hours earlier). The trail was entirely free of snow through the several miles of forest. When we reached treeline, the clouds had started to break up above us and a strong westerly wind drove them to the eastern side of the valley, which still looked ominous. We decided to climb a bit further and to evaluate the weather again later. The trail across the extensive tundra between treeline and the steeper portions of the ascent was free of snow. Only a few patches of the trail were wet with snow melt. By the time we had to decide whether to continue hiking, the weather had vastly improved. Although there were still clouds at the summit, they were not threatening and the amount of blue sky mixing with the clouds was growing. The steeper portion of the ascent required crossing a few small sections of snow; no ice ax was required, but I was glad to have trekking poles. For the final approach to the ridge, a large snow field offered a solid snow traverse, which we used both for the ascent and descent. Only a little snow covers the actual trail to the ridge, but the snow traverse was more direct and made for easy walking (given the added safety of trekking poles). The final push to the summit was largely on dirt trail, with a few stretches of shallow snow. The summit was cold with a sharp wind. We reached the summit at 10:00. For the descent, we retraced our ascent, but one group of climbers glissaded down the 1,000-foot snow field adjacent to the trail. If you like glissading, bring an ice ax and snow pants and you‘ll have a blast. The weather turned into a picture-perfect, warm day with no threat of rain or lightning. We reached the trailhead at 1:15. During the trip, we found four ptarmigans on the tundra above treeline, and a few marmots basking on rocks. trinkner   2014-06-29 2  1 2  Edit Delete 
2014-06-23  Southwest Slopes  Trail is in good condition, but still impressive snow along the route. Most can be avoided, but we carried and used micro-spike and ice axes. Avalanche debris at creek crossing near 11,000 has obscured the trail; most have gone around it to the left on the downhill side. (pic #1). Primary trail switchbacks were covered in many areas above 13,000 (pic #2) so we went to the climbers right to avoid snow which was still hard in the shade at 0800. Eventually we elected to use micro-spikes and ice axes to just go straight up about 13,600. Same slope, easier travel. (pic #3). Saw a woman below us slide 200‘ into rocks without arresting, we called to her, she said she was OK and saw her later on the summit. went straight up ridge to junction with East Slopes trail. East slope of summit ridge still has significant snow (pic #4) but did not hamper travel - no spikes or axe needed. Nice morning, we avoided bad weather by being off the summit by 1100. gbell58   2014-06-25 4  4    Edit Delete 
2014-06-17  East Slopes  Road is clear to Mt. Massive TH. Road was in good condition. Passenger car should make it. Mt Massive trail (from Mt. Massive TH) clear to ~12000, then some short sections of mud and snow drifts. Some hard packed snow remains on south ridge. No special equipment necessary. Encountered very high winds above treeline. Had a nice ~200 yard glissade from summit ridge to east slopes. Lucky Day   2014-06-18  0  1    Edit Delete 
2014-06-15  East Slopes  Still several large snowfields to cross above treeline. If you start early and get the snow in good condition, no traction or other gear is needed. I had no problems in trail runners (with trekking poles). There was evidence of major postholing throughout, though. Also, depending on your snow conditions, you may want to consider traction for the one or two snowfields between the saddle and the trail junction with the SW Slopes route. On descent, by the time I crossed the last snowfield before reentering the trees around 10:30, the snow was a sloppy mess. Start early. A 5:00 a.m. start was perfect today. DavidK   2014-06-15  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-10  Southwest Slopes  Still snow on the route. Great snow climbing and killer glissade today. If snow is not your thing, you should wait. You can avoid most of the snow, but up high it is mostly unavoidable. The trail is nearly impossible to follow with fidelity and requires many snow field crossings. summitridge   2014-06-10 3  4    Edit Delete 
2014-06-07  East Slopes  A little bit of snow below treeline but it is all avoidable. Creek crossings are not a problem or there are spots to hop across without getting wet. There is a fair amount of snow above treeline but if you start early, it shouldn‘t be a problem. I started descending at 10am and the snow was beginning to soften. I used trail runners. No special gear required. mattb528   2014-06-08  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-01  East Slopes  About 30% of the trail was covered in snow before the tree line and after the tree line snow coverage was about 60%. The snow was generally hard enough in the morning to walk on top of, however coming back you were potholing about 2 feet in. Summit saddle was still completely covered and still pretty deep ( ~ 3 feet). Overall, the snow was melting fast and I would imagine the route to be mostly clear in the next 2 weeks if the warm temps keep up. tarekrahim   2014-06-03 3  2    Edit Delete 
2014-04-18  East Slopes  Right now it‘s possible to ski from Massive‘s summit all the way back to the Fish Hatchery TH without taking off your skis if you pick your route wisely. South-facing stuff is skiing great, north and east aspects are chalky/breakable crust. There‘s a follow-able bootpack up the Highline Trail to the junction of the Colorado Trail, soon after that the dust layer has disguised most tracks so you‘re on your own to get to the east ridge (the blue diamonds help, but they‘re tricky to find on the way down). If you want to see any pics, send me a PM. sstratta   2014-04-18  0     Edit Delete 
2013-11-18  East Slopes  Same as Elbert. Probably not the best but with new snow, hopefully this helps a little with the new snow this past weekend. E-dorvs   2013-11-18 1     Edit Delete 
2013-10-26  East Slopes  Spotty snow most of the way up, micro spikes would have been useful but weren‘t necessary. mlayman09   2013-10-26  0     Edit Delete 
2013-10-02  East Slopes  Another very warm day on Massive. Snow is very minimal up to 14,000‘. Above the saddle at 14,000‘, the snow was boot packed and slushy. Did not have to use microspikes as the snow was very soft. If you go super early or the temps drop, you will want them. The trail is drying out as well, but still muddy in spots. The traverse to the other Massive peaks was the same as Massive. Fall colors in the area are at their peak! mrschaible   2013-10-03  0     Edit Delete 
2013-10-01  East Slopes  Same as report on 9/29. Trail was muddy and at treeline and occasional snow patches to cross above 12,000 ft. Added pictures of snow conditions. mollykay   2013-10-02 3     Edit Delete 
2013-09-29  East Slopes  Patchy snow from east side of Pt 12466 all the way up to the saddle. A warm day should take care of a lot of that. The snow from the saddle along the east side of the ridge to the false summit is fairly deep in places and may be more likely to be here to stay. Traction was not necessary but trekking poles were very helpful. druid2112   2013-09-30  0     Edit Delete 
2013-09-21  East Slopes  A fair amount of snow/ice lingering on/around the trail once above the willows and before the saddle. Not too much snow/ice on the ridge to the main summit, but a fair amount if one was to traverse and continue along towards Massive Green/North Massive. By the time I was coming down around 9am it was turning into mostly slush like conditions but still icy in parts. There were points where I wish I had had my microspikes with me and they may be needed soon for the upper parts depending on weather patterns. Still doable right now in regular boots, poles for balance and used as a gauge for snow density/depth would be quite useful as well. MrJohnnySpot   2013-09-23  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-22  East Slopes  There are a few small snowfields to cross, but no problems. A trekking pole may be usedful for the highest one on the ridge. Part of the upper trail before the saddle has some running water down it, but please stay on the trail to avoid multiple trailing. Scott P   2013-06-25  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-16  East Slopes  Camped about a mile in from the Trailhead Saturday Night, and began our hike at 5:30 AM the next morning The Trail is in awesome condition and really well maintained because its part of the Colorado Trail. I was able to summit in Chacos, so the snow isn‘t too serious. There were probably 3 snow fields in the basin below the final ridge, and 3 snow fields along the ridge to the summit. Most of them can be avoided, but have been tracked through for several weeks, so microspikes aren‘t necessary. There is a surprising amount of snow on the East Face of Massive that is off the trail, and was making a small creek down the trail during the warmer hours. After our summit, a storm raged in all the way from the Elks and poured some snow on us. Nothing too severe, and no thunder or lightning. Lemme know if you have any questions about the route! emohr   2013-06-16 4     Edit Delete 
2013-06-15  Southwest Slopes  Mostly snow free. Some small snow fields to cross. Brought ice axes but did not need. Some glissading opportunities. Mimimal snow at top mostly avoidable. Leave your snow gear at home. Trail in great shape. mattpayne11   2013-06-16  0     Edit Delete 

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