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|2015-12-27||Route: Fish Hatchery
Info: First mile from the Fish Hatchery is in excellent condition with packed snow shoe and ski tracks like usual. I started breaking trail with snow shoes at the beginning of the Highline Trail. The trench leaves the Highline Trail and wanders through the trees to the Southwest toward Point 11,827. It ends up just to the South of this point and then heads West to tree line. The trench is not in great shape as I was the only one on it so far. It ranged from ankle deep all the way up to mid thigh in the deepest spots. There was some collapsing "whumphing" of the snow pack in the area near Point 11,827. Fortunately I was on lower angle terrain when it happened. I spent the night around 11,300. Very cold. It was all I could do just to break the trail to tree line and deal with the cold temps. I hope to go back with better weather and trench conditions with a summit attempt of Massive and North Massive.
|2015-10-25||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Packed trail up to 12,500‘ where we turned around due to a weak link in our team (don‘t hike in snow in extremely breathable summer running shoes, duh!). Above 12,500‘, there appear to be more than one packed trail. It may be useful to use GPS to follow the intended trail. Up to 12,500‘, we didn‘t break trail once. Microspikes recommended. I didn‘t put mine on until we hit the steep part ~1.5mi in. The descent would have been much more dangerous without spikes. Not enough snow to glissade below 12,500‘. A short (~50‘) glissade path exists at 12,500‘.
|2015-10-24||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Like the rest of the Sawatch, Massive got about 8-10" of snow in the previous week. This was distributed unevenly. Early on Saturday morning, much of the upper route (above 12,300) had 12-16" of unconsolidated powder, with occasional bare patches and wide drifts up to 3 feet. I broke trail for much of the route, but frequently couldn‘t find the trail and ended up bushwhacking. Traffic was heavy behind us (10-20 climbers), and by mid afternoon there were several well-plowed trenches, one of which actually follows the trail. Climbing and routefinding should be easy until the next snow or big wind, but be aware that (a) the trench through the boulder fields isn‘t always on trail (sorry), and (b) there are several off-route trenches above 12,300.
|2015-10-16||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Still clear from the trailhead all the way to the tippy top. I camped out overnight, and the low barely hit freezing. Conditions today were excellent with clear skies all morning, and I didn‘t notice any ice in the shaded part of the ridgeline. Careful if you are heading up to catch the sunrise; there are several spots were it‘s easy to lose the trail in the dark if your attention lapses, especially without a full moon to help out. Where you have a choice between stepping over a downed tree to your left or climbing a rock to your right, the rock is the correct path.
|2015-10-09||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: We left TH around 6:10am or so, my car said 35 degrees, but it didn‘t feel all that bad. We both just put on base layers top and bottom with gloves and a ball cap. I hauled up a midlayer, soft shell, micro spikes, didn‘t use any of it. The section near the summit where you climb briefly on the other face was icy as it is in the shade, we climbed slowly keeping a hand or two gripped at all times, encountered a bit of early morning ice before the sun was up on the middle rock gully section, but nothing we needed spikes for, just a little caution. It was a bit chilly on the summit of course, but after we were protected from wind we ended up both taking off base layers and descending in tshirt/shorts, was 61 degrees at my car when we finished, super nice day.
|2015-09-13||Route: East Slopes
Info: We had excellent weather for this climb. Actually we were planning on getting to Massive a couple of days later after acclimatizing in Twin lakes since we came from Dallas, TX. Since it was a clear and beautiful day we decided to try it. We were at the TH around 9am and the first part of the climb was great. After we passed the treeline the climb got more difficult. Many climbers/families that day. We made the summit around 4pm. The winds were pretty intense at the top. Descending took some time and we arrived at our car around 8pm. Overall a great climb but more difficult that we were expecting for a first 14er. it took us around 11hrs RT.
|2015-09-12||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: This hike was a fantastic one, no adverse weather, light winds (surprisingly), and overall a beautiful day. We left our campsite located about 0.5 miles from the intersection of the main North Halfmoon trail and the SW approach to Mt. Massive at about 06:30, and made the summit by around 08:30. The SW slopes were certainly steep, and the trek up was challenging. Nevertheless, it was a gorgeous day and the trail in generally good condition. The only parts of the trail which could be considered ambiguous were the sections through talus/scree, but cairns were generally well marked. On the final push to the summit (after the false 14,xxx summit), another hiker went slightly off the trail but I alerted him to the cairn he missed and he was able to scramble up a small hill to reach the main, more obvious trail which I was on. The winds at the top were surprisingly light, and there were few clouds in the sky. This trail overall was in fantastic condition, and the fall colors changing made the views of the valleys below spectacular. There were a good deal of other hikers on the trail as well.
|2015-08-15||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: My husband, 14 year old son, our dog (border collie) and I drove up to the top trail head as listed in the trail head directions. I drove my 4 wheel drive suburban. There is one section in the last .5 miles of the trail that my husband got out of the car and pointed the direction I needed to turn my wheels to get over some big dips and bumps. There are two pretty rough spots but we made it through without scrapping the bottom. I did notice that the parking area had only high clearance SUVs and trucks. We camped across from the trail head. There are at least 5 or more nice little camping spots up at the parking area. There are many more spots down below the trail head on the way up. We got up early and started hiking at 5:15 am. The first mile of the 4 mile hike is very easy and only has an elevation gain of about 300 ft. This means that the last 3 miles of the hike has about 3600 ft in elevation. Once you hit the trail head junction of Halfmoon trail and Massive trail, turn right to take the Massive trail. This is when you start climbing and do not stop climbing until you reach the summit. There are 3 false summits. The view from the top is definitely worth it and is spectacular. It took us almost 4 hours to summit.
|2015-08-08||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: I am attempting to climb all the 14ers this summer. Massive makes it 22. You can read more about this hike and others by visiting my blog at sunshineof1985.com! Distance: 8 mi. Elevation Gain: 3,950 ft. Time started: 5:50am End time: 10:25am Time to Summit:3 hours and 20 minutes Time to Descent:1 hour 55 minutes Overall Pace: 1.9 miles per hour GEAR (to bring): GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, lightweight gloves, day pack with water sack, food, sunscreen, lip balm. Road Condition: The road isn‘t bad leading to the Mount Massive main parking lot. Notice, that on the directions it tells you to continue another 2 miles to another trailhead for Mount Massive and that you should have 4WD. With my Saturn SL2 (a sedan) I made it just .3 miles shy of the trailhead. It‘s hilly and there are numerous potholes, but driving carefully you can make it that far in a car. Trail Condition: The trail is fairly straightforward except for when you get to the meadow. Somehow I got lost in the meadow for a good 10-15 minutes. There are multiple trails in the meadow. If the trail isn‘t dirt and rocks, you‘re on the wrong one. You cannot see the summit from here. Walking in the meadow, the mountain is to your RIGHT, and the trail leads up and across, not down. There is a sign that says either Half Moon Creek and continuing straight, or turning right and going up on Massive trailhead- this is the one you want to take. Once you‘re past this, the trail is straightforward.
|2015-07-15||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: One or two snow crossings at the summit ridge, nothing more than 20 feet. Trail was damp from the rain, not run-off. A day or so of sunlight will make the trail dry again. The wetness wasn‘t a huge concern on the rocks, just take it slow to avoid rolling an ankle. Pics and more info found at the link: https://everythingoutdoorscolorado.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/mt-massive/
|2015-07-11||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Trail is good. A few patches of snow that are of little to no concern. Standard route (east) looked to have a few more patches of snow. Didn‘t look like anyone was having issues with them. Lots of wildflowers are out. Large variety and quantities.
|2015-06-27||Route: 14,000-foot point loop - from N. Halfmoon Creek TH
Info: We hiked the "tour de massive"on Saturday, hitting north massive, massive green, mt massive, and my boyfriend also went to south massive. The trail is mostly clear of snow, although we did use traction to gain the ridge at the end of north half moon creek trail. Other snow patches that we hit between north massive the my massive were a bit deep, but slushy. Gaiters were a must to keep our feet dry! I had crampons with me, but only ever needed my yak-traks. The southwest slopes trail had well-packed snow on the ridge and only a few spots where the trail was covered on our way down. Others said it was a little difficult to find the trail going up because of the snow, but it was easy to spot on the way down. Only real difficulty we ran into was a creek crossing at the end of north half moon trailhead, which we added some stones to get across.
|2015-06-27||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: No snow until close to 13000. Big snow fields covered the route in this area. It was hard to figure out where to go so we just basically went straight up, had a little trouble with one snow field that was very icy and steep but for the most part you can avoid most the snow and just improvise. Coming back down we found there was a lot of open trail that was pretty far northwest. We followed it as far as we could then had awesome glissading for about 1000 ft of elevation. Had to stop and walk over to avoid rocks but then could glissade more. Overall great route. Not many people, lots on the other side. Snow got pretty soft by 1030. We did bring snowshoes and microspikes. Used the snowshoes to try to cross one of the snowfields but it was too slick. Like I said, you could either avoid the snow by going further to the right straight up or better would be to go to the left if you just traverse a little lower. I will try to get pictures out soon.
|2015-06-21||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Was planning on getting the Tour De Massive done today. Left the trailhead at 6:30am on the Southwest Slopes side. No snow until about 12k. Then it increases until the summit. We postholed a few times before 8:00am crossing a few of the snow fields and the summer route is a no go unless you have traction. South Massive is almost completely dry. The ridge over to Massive is a good mix of snow and rock and we were happy to have microspikes coming down and axes to glissade with. We didn‘t get over to Massive Green or North Massive, but it would definitely be a mixed climb with some spice; still tons of snow especially on the east side of the Massive massif. Also, Mt. Oklahoma‘s southeast slopes are still completely covered with snow. PM me if you need more detailed photos. I may have what you are looking for.
|2015-06-13||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Dry to treeline and skiable from the summit with a bit of creative route-finding from the ridge
|2015-06-09||Route: Savage Peak looking south to Massive
Info: Snowy Sawatch... Could see the northern part of the range from Savage Peak.
|2015-06-04||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Climbed Mt. Massive this morning via the SW slopes route. Had a hard freeze down to about 11,500 - pleasantly surprised since the forecast was for warmer overnight temps. Started from the 4WD TH at 2:30, reached the summit shortly before 7, back to the TH by 9:15. Used crampons from about 11,700 to the summit and back down to 11,700. Was glad I had crampons and not just microspikes. Brought snowshoes, but never used them. Trail in the trees is wet, muddy, and has a number of snowdrifts. There were recent slides on the SW slopes, so check snow conditions before heading up/get down before things get mushy. It looked like you could avoid avy slopes by climbing the shoulder of the slope on climbers left and staying out of the gully. Added a few photos. It was dark when I ascended and I forgot to take a picture of the SW slopes until I got down to the meadow at 11,200.
|2015-05-22||Route: East Slopes
Info: Did not summit, but reached 14,240 ft and headed back due to weather. But, overall a great hike...or shall I say snow shoe. Used these whole way except for 1st 0.75 miles. Road clear to TH. Snow wet with post holing despite snow shoes in the forest. Snow much easier to handle above tree line. The ridge line that we did complete was w/o cornice formation...think there was some cornices on actual summit. We camped 2 miles in from TH the night before but got a later start than planned. Had we gotten 3 miles in the 1st night (as initially planned), probably would have reached the top.
|2015-03-08||Route: Fish Hatchery
Info: Really nice hiking trail to CT turn off. After that we had to establish skin track in deep snow. The sole snowshoer that was with us mentioned brutal postholing even with skin track. Ridge is mostly windblown and dry, although certain sections were windloaded, so we avoided them. Made for some interesting ridge scrambling with ski/snowboard gear. Skied variation of summer route. Snow conditions were sastrugi galore above the treeline, and some soft snow below. No wind to speak off. 12 hr RT.
|2015-02-18||Route: E Ridge from Fish Hatchery
Info: E Ridge in good shape, but a storm is coming. Trail is packed to 11,000 ft, then snowshoes or skins req to treeline. I stashed the slowshoes there- beyond, most of the ridgecrest is bare.