Peak:  Mt. Massive (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Troyister
 Date of Info:  09/28/2020
 Date Posted:  09/29/2020

The drive to the Mt Elbert/Mt Massive East Slopes trail head is normal forest service road, past that it becomes rough and is no problem for a 4x4 or Subaru type vehicle. Regular sedan might bottom out in a couple of places. Once you get to the 110/110J junction the road becomes steeper and my stock Ram 1500 4x4 would not of made it. So I parked at the junction which adds about a mile to the trail. Overall my total was 9.2 miles and 4200 feet of elevation gain according to Strava.

The hike was excellent. Easy trail to follow, a few places you had to look for cairns but a quick look and no problem. The trail is a slight easy grade to the junction with the half moon lakes trail then turns into a steep slog up to the ridge. Once on the ridge it becomes and easy slight grade/scramble to the peak. The views were excellent. It was 16 degrees when I left the trail head and the peak was cold and breezy but not to bad. Overall a great day and challenging trail especially the approx. 2 miles of steep climb and descent.

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