Mt. Massive  
Condition Updates  
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-08, By: jordanthebuff
Info: Great trail! Everything up to the Massive/S Massive saddle around 14,000 ft is class 1 and easy to follow. The first three or four miles go by super quick (less than two hours, easy). This was the longest 14er I've done so I was somewhat nervous about the distance, but honestly think it was easier than Quandary if you don't mind being on your feet for 7 or 8 hours+. The ridge was a little more technical for sure, but not too steep and lots of fun. I thought the toughest part was switchbacking up to 12,000 ft and then just below the ridge. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-30, By: wolfgangstiller
Info: Trail is clear of snow except for one 15 foot section above 14,000 ft but it's easy to get around the snow. The road to N. Half Moon TH has one rough section where a true high clearance 4wd is needed. My stock Xterra had no problems. This is now my favorite way up Mt. Massive. I have done the standard route (east/SE slopes) at least 10 times. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-01, By: ballardwf04
Info: We climbed Mt. Massive on June 28, and conditions were amazing. Winds got pretty heavy near the summit, but overall this was a great trek to prepare for a future camp. I hiked with my father and 6 others, and we summited in about 3 hours with significant breaks. We decided to take the 4WD North Half Moon trailhead due to the difference in distance from the standard route and time constraints. Our total hike distance was ~8 miles. The road to the trailhead, as stated before, does get pretty risky about half a mile before the trailhead. There is a large rock on top of a hill that requires high clearance, and can scrape the bottom of your car. Past that, it's smooth sailing. The only other notable thing about this hike is the number of false summits. The route we took had about 4, and the last quarter mile or so is along an exposed ridge. Besides that, this was an quick albeit steep hike, and a great trainer for future 14ers. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-29, By: allabouttheviews
Info: Summitted 6/27/20, left TH at 3:30am. SUMMER IS HERE. Summer conditions -- There is that tiny snow pile, but it's easily avoidable. Man halfmoon rd. is an absolute shit show. Don't remember it being this bad a few years back when I did Elbert. Lots of loud ATV groups ignoring fire bans and shooting off guns. Absolute disaster trying to get back down the road towards Leadville. Only downside of being in the area. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: markschneller
Info: Loop trip: Parked and camped in between the Southwest slope and East slope. 1.2 miles to TH. Went up with my son via the Southwest slope. Trail was clear other than the one small patch of snow 3/4 of the way up. It seemed some folks got lost like in other reports but they saw the majority of many folks going up the trail and eventually traversed over to the trail. Summit trail had just a touch of snow, which could be easily detoured. Summer weekend crowd but not too bad. Beautiful views of mountains with snow on them and the upper lakes being still frozen. Descent via East slope required crossing only 1 snow field. Post-holed only once crossing it. Walk down was nice with only a spit of rain for a couple of minutes. Left my pack with my son and jogged back over to our camp. Packed up everything and headed back to NM for Fathers Day with the rest of the family. FYI, this was a small but fun end to a bucket list item of doing the three highest peaks in the contiguous USA (Whitney in CA, Elbert, and Massive). Enjoying life at 56 and appreciative of all the great folks I've encountered in my hiking travels. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: Michael Underwood
Info: No significant snow on the route. Didn't need traction. Running water present for filtration up to at least 12,400 ft: hardly carried any. Watch for white marmots. We saw several mid-mountain. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: chromajack
Info: 4:20 start, parked in the 110J lot since that last half mile of road is heinous. No snow on the ground from the 6/19 storm, beautiful trail. A few folks got turned around over the one brief snowfield left, even though I'm not quite sure how; I didn't have to touch snow at all. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-19, By: Pedro F
Info: . Somewhat foggy above treeline, but sun kept trying to poke through, and we thought it would burn off. Around 13,000, started sleeting. Not the most fun, but we had good gear, so we kept at it. So far, so good…although wind was starting to pick up. As we approached the junction with the SW slopes trail, a squall came over the ridge, and with it, winds so strong that it was hard to stand up, and whiteout conditions. We tucked into a nook for a few minutes to consider our options of pressing on, waiting it out, or bailing. After 10 min, there was no end in sight to the squall. It's times like this when the adage of “a successful day of 14er hiking is when everyone makes it back to the TH lot safely” comes to mind, so we bailed. Snow was coming down hard enough that the previously clean trail had lost its distinction from the surroundings. Was hard to keep track of the trail coming down and we unintentionally deviated from it several times. Made me glad that I'd brought my microspikes, as they came in handy. Sad about not peaking, but glad we made it safely down. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-17, By: Cashburn
Info: Ridge was mostly free of snow, I avoided all the patches on the ascent by scrambling over rock outcroppings. But there were some tracks in some of the snowfields, and on the descent I decided to just go ahead and kick steps through one of them. It was faster than scrambling. By then the snow had been in the sun for a few hours and was soft-ish, easy enough to kick through in running shoes. 
Route: Massive Mania
Posted On: 2020-06-15, By: Marshall
Info: Windsor lake trail is covered with snow starting pretty close to the beginning. Lots of deep postholing. Once you arrive at the lake there is plenty more snow to hike up. The snowfields are mostly avoidable after gaining the ridge. The rest of the route is in fine condition without a trail, but you will need to cross a short, relatively firm snowfield near the summit of North Massive to descend on your way to Massive Green (go around the East of N Massive). Definitely go prepared for wet boots and lots of snow in the beginning. It sounded like the East Slopes route had limited snow and the SW slopes had basically none. Photos: 1) Route up from Windsor Lake. 2) View of Massive once the ridge is gained. 3-5) Ridge conditions approaching Massive. 6) Massive and Massive Green as seen from North Massive. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: geg86
Info: SW slopes are in summer condition. No traction is needed for the one or two small/shallow snowfields. It's worth noting that after the boulder field there is a significant social trail going directly up a pile of talus/loose rock that does cut directly to the ridge, but the conditions are poor. Vast majority of folks were taking this route, with many getting turned around by loose rock and large boulders covered in veriglass. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: abshdoug
Info: Climbed East slopes. Great climb that is almost snow free. You walk through two snow patches of about 50 ft a piece but avoidable, if you so desire. Interesting that most of the climbers yesterday took the Southwest slope. Maybe they wanted more adventure or a shorter climb. Regardless, East slope was great. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: Kyle S
Info: There are still some rather small glissade-able sections, two of about 500ft each. The snow is melting fast, they won't be there for long. 
Route: North Massive
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: benopp
Info: Did big Massive loop (up SW Slopes, down East Slopes), but on a whim went out to North Massive. If you're up on top of the biggest 14er, why not spend some time up there! This was a fun traverse (did it on my own). Can mostly avoid snow on Class 3 sections, except for final climb to the N. Massive peak. Helpful to have ice axe, but didn't need to use microspikes. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: kspitzer1987
Info: Overall, trail is in great shape. 95% is snow-free. The 5% that has snow was tricky at times to stay on the trail...we lost the trail quite a few times, but it was easy enough to pick back up. Had to cross 10-15 snow fields or patches of snow, but never had to put on spikes, and I only sunk down one time. It was a cold morning so the snow was solid, but I don't know what will happen in the coming days. We saw 4 other people total throughout the entire hike. While this is a much shorter route than the standard east slope, don't be fooled, it's still a very challenging hike. The first mile or so of the hike has minimal elevation gain, so the remaining 2ish miles is where you gain most of your elevation. Overall, great hike! 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-10, By: ngreenster13
Info: Snow from Monday night made it a bit difficult to find the route around 13,000' on the way up but wasn't too difficult to find on the descent. Spikes not at all needed, I didn't even have poles with me, although they would've helped in the snowy areas. Trail was just about in summer conditions and I'm sure it will be once that snow melts. Was honestly perfect weather at the summit, not windy at all 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-06, By: cammel44
Info: Conditions are awesome. There's a few small snowfields to cross but no need for any traction devices. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-04, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: This route is 100x better than the fish hatchery approach IMO. If you are able to follow a trail, *raises hand, couldn't on the way up* it's about 90% dry with only a few snow fields to cross. If you follow the social tracks up the snow fields the wrong way, you can easily get off trail and add some semi steep snow climbing and brutal loose trail conditions which is not necessary. If you feel like you need crampons, you are off the main trail. Once you cross one snow field and 2-3 tiny pockets of snow, it's bone dry to the summit. Melting out fast and feels like summer cycle with rains/storms moving in by noon. Get off the mountain early. Can make it to about .3 miles from upper TH in most cars after that, 4x4 needed for 1/2 sections (see my TH report). Pics below and feel free to reach out to me with any other questions. Gear Needed: Boots/runners Optional: spikes Optional: gaiters Optional: hiking poles 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: joemcglinchy
Info: There are several snowfields still to cross up through the route shown in Photo 10 in the route description (photo 2). Snow was solid in the early hours (before 10am) but steadily softened, nothing more than spikes were needed. The snowfields made for a fun 1000'+ glissade to get back down. Snow on the summit ridge allowed for fun scrambling to get to the top. The 14ers app mentions a cairned trail junction along the north halfmoon lakes trail to head to the massive trail. This cairn is no longer there, but is now a signed junction, with the sign for the massive trail resting on the ground. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: Generalcuz
Info: Started at 5 AM and was back by 3 PM. Great conditions and the glissading is stellar. That was possibly the longest glissade I have ever done. Most of the snow was bullet proof in the morning. Made it tricky when it softened up in the afternoon. Get after it, and wear gators. No need for snowshoes. 

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