Mt. Massive  
Condition Updates  
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-07, By: brauda02
Info: Great trench to treeline. I used snowshoes from the split over the pond to treeline, but probably not necessary. I was happy to have microspikes and an ice axe from 12,500 to the summit. The crux for me came after the mini keyhole. A loaded snow slope blocks the route to climber's left. I smashed through thigh deep powder on the ascent. On the descent, I found a way around the other side of the tower. Weather was perfect. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-02, By: artemavovk
Info: The trench was looking stale so I refreshed it. From Fishery through to CT is all ski-packed snow. Highline trail to the cutoff is also skied, but now with fresh snowshoe tracks. From there had to break a bit of waist-deep snow to find remnants of old trench. If you go, go early - midday snow is soft and waist deep. No need for flotation on the ridge above treeline, but spikes help. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-11, By: mtn_nut
Info: There is currently a perfect trench in from the fish hatchery all the way to treeline. No avy issues along the route from what I could see. Everything above treeline is pretty wind-scoured and only minor snow crossings. There is a snowfield around 13k that had some really hard crust that might make microspikes a good idea. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-10, By: Dose
Info: There is a good trench from the Fish Hatchery to the Highline Trail. Put in a new trench from Highline Trail to treeline. From treeline to13K snow is avoidable. Some snow in the ridge but manageable. Continued on to N Massive. Wind blown snow on the ridge in some spots so used microspikes. There is a lot of snow at the first pillar. Stayed to to the right initially, before regaining the top of this section.Some snow on the east face but largely avoidable. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-02, By: angry
Info: Highline trail is trenched. Noted instability in snow near tree line. Wore snowshoes to ridge crest (~12K). Booted final 2 miles to summit. Did not use traction (others may want to depending on comfort level). Crap snow over loose rock and boulders along ridge, mostly staying ridge proper thru rocky points. 
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Route: Fish Hatchery
Posted On: 2020-12-26, By: dwoodward13
Info: From fish hatchery to the Colorado trail is very well packed. We put in a somewhat decent trench from here to treeline. Above treeline is 80% dry. You could avoid all snow if you really wanted to. Lots of snow collapsing and whoopf'ing but route stays on very low angle terrain, or is dry. Big day, 15 miles and 5k+ of vert by out gps. May not mean much after the incoming storms. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-08, By: screeman57
Info: Very long day in sub-optimal conditions. There's a solid bootpack through the fish hatchery to the CO trail. We put in a trench from there to the first rock outcropping and then the ridge. Upper mountain is not in great condition - very dry powder made for 2 steps forward, one step back. Summited around 2pm. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-06, By: mtgoatmike
Info: Minimal snow on the ridge leading to the summit, snow is totally avoidable 
Route: Southwest & East slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-05, By: KatieKat
Info: I climbed up the southwest slope and down the east slope or main Mt Massive trail. The southwest slope had some short snow patches but I didn't need traction to get through it. The east slope trail was buried in snow up higher but still easy to follow through the tundra. This trail had more snow on it through the forest but it was already tracked out so it wasn't an issue as I hiked down through it. Beautiful loop! 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-17, By: Carl_Healy
Info: Some very isolated patches of snow closer to summit but trail itself dry as a bone. Microspikes definitely not needed. Some felled trees to hop over early on in the forrest. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-14, By: ethanr
Info: Snowy on the way up but it was mostly melted by the time we were coming down. That was on 10/12 so I'd bet that it's pretty much all gone by now. I was the only one in a group of four who used microspikes, I'd bet that they would have been worthless even a day later. This route is way cooler than the normal route up, but you definitely need a 4wd high clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead. But the worst part of the road is pretty close to the trailhead so you can probably make it pretty far without significant offroading capabilities. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-09, By: coopereitel
Info: I started at 7:40, summited at 9:40 then went back down to the junction. Most vehicles can probably make it to within .4miles of the TH. There is a more difficult obstacle there but 4x4s can do it no prob. There were probably ten or so people on this trail total. I had the summit to myself with killer weather. I got to the junction then went right to do Oklahoma (another report for that) so I don't have a RT time for the Southwest Slopes route. Smoke was not an issue either, just off in the distance. It is definitely steeper in spots but the trail is amazing so I would recommend this route. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: jhills2
Info: Hiked up for a sunset summit. trail is clear and well marked for 95% of trail. There is a small scramble around 2.4 mile mark that will lead you back to switchback (12,900 - 13,30 0 ft area). Peak is bone dry. Had mountain to myself coming down at night. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-29, By: Troyister
Info: 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. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-18, By: Eli Watson
Info: Mt Massive SW Slopes > "Massive Green" > "N Massive" > "North North Massive" > Mt Oklahoma from 10,200' on Halfmoon Rd Nothing new to report on Massive SW Slopes. Other users have done a good job of detailing the conditions recently. No secret that it's one of the few dry routes in the Sawatch by now. Ridge to "Massive Green" > "N Massive" > "North North Massive" has less trivial snow to cross. Felt comfortable without traction 12:30 - 1:30 PM in my Mutants but be careful. Ridge direct to Oklahoma is nothing short of spectacular. Seriously so much fun. Choose-your-own-adventure on the down climbs from "North North Massive" to the saddle low point. Can traverse around on the right if you want to avoid some committed down climbs. Nothing over class 4 in my book but debating climbing grades is all the rage right now. Can get as spicy as you please, but the ridge really lends itself to staying on the ridge crest on stable rocks. Climbing Oklahoma's summit ridge is a buffet of 'choose-your-own-adventure'. Either hang down to the right to avoid real scrambling to ascend snow-pocked class 2 scree and talus, hang left from the saddle low point to keep it class 3 and sneak around to Oklahoma's easier ridge, but true scramblers will feast on the ridge proper. Oklahoma's standard route descent was the loosest rock I experienced all day. Alpine tundra is prime time red right now, but the willows are still green even at 12,000'. An excellent Trip Report for this route can be read here: Will upload photos when I get to a full computer. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: jobrien4
Info: Trail was in great condition all the way to the summit. Almost no snow except for a few small patches that were easy to walk through. No traction needed. Also I lost my Fitbit Charge 3 between the trailhead and the initial trail junction at 11,200'. It should be close to that junction. If anyone finds it let me know! 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-16, By: chrislwillers
Info: Basically summer conditions. There are four or so snowfields that it's easiest to cross rather than try to avoid, none on a slope. There is a good amount of snow on the back (north) side of the false summit, but you can avoid it completely by sticking to the rocks on the left hand side if you're ascending (east side). My buddy and I had the summit to ourselves for about 20 minutes on a "smoky bluebird" day. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-15, By: mindfolded
Info: There are a couple small, slushy snowfields to cross, though they are easily avoidable if desired. Otherwise the trail is in excellent condition all the way to the top. Spotted a white marmot at ~12,400 feet, keep your eyes peeled on a sunny day for this rare sight. 
Route: Viewed from Red Peak in the Gores
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: jfm3
Info: I was on Red Peak on September 13 and got a good look at Holy Cross, Elbert & Massive from the summit. Reports for Elbert & Holy Cross are current since the snow, but there hasn't been one yet for Massive, so hopefully this helps. The entire upper mountain looked to be covered in snow. Hard to tell how deep- judge from reports of peaks in the area. Photos 1, 2, 4: Elbert & Massive are on the far right side of the horizon. Photo 3: Massive & Elbert are on the left. This is the best photo I got of Massive. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-16, By: chuckstriker
Info: Overall trail was pretty easy to follow. Lots of cairns needed attention though so we took it slow going down and restacked lots of rocks. 

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