Mt. Massive  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: East ridge
Posted On: 2011-12-26, By: Jakomait
Info: Easy traveling on packed trail from Leadville Fish Hatchery to treeline. From there some wind swept snow to summit. Possible to do it all without snowshoes! 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-10-22, By: msmith7361
Info: 4WD road to TH was relatively snow-free and easily accessible with Jeep Liberty Renegade. Trail was frozen solid until trail junction (approx. 1.25 miles from TH). Trail was in great condition the entire way up. Snow was somewhat drifted on the trail approaching the summit ridge and on the summit ridge, but was generally hard enough to avoid postholing. By about 1pm, lower trail thawed. Note: East slopes looked like they had a bit more accumulation, perhaps down to about 12,500 ft. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-09-30, By: geezer
Info: Road still rough with washboard & potholes; but no problem. Entire trail is snowfree with no problems. Aspen are in full bloom and the willows were golden in the early sunrise. Beautiful Colorado blue sky day. Enjoy the beauty ! 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-08-31, By: DaveWruck
Info: Road to N. Half Moon trail head in great shape - still need a high clearance car in 2 or 3 spots. Trail itself in GREAT condition. Rainy the day we went but trail wasn‘t slick at all. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-07-29, By: drsnowboard03
Info: Day started off with fog and low lying clouds. Started 7 AM, summit by 10:30-ish, and back to the car by 1:30 PM. Trail and summit were snow free. Elevation gain was brutal, but I appreciated the shorter distance compared to the standard trail :-) 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-07-17, By: pklotzbach
Info: The East Slopes route of Mount Massive is snow-free. Go get it :-) 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-07-17, By: pklotzbach
Info: Did a Tour de Massive today. Up the Southwest Slopes and down the East Slopes. The Southwest Slopes route is virtually snow-free... only two very minor snow crossings about 20 feet across which are boot packed and very easy to cross. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-07-03, By: Dathivas
Info: Massive is snow-free from the East Slopes trailhead up to the tree line. Above the treeline, there is just one patch of snow at about 13,200 (pic 1) until the saddle. Along the ridge there is significant but avoidable snow. Hiking shoes or boots are all that is necessary - even gaiters are probably not needed. Conversely, however, the ridgeline snow does provide some awesome glissade routes down from the false summit to well below the saddle (pic 2). For the next couple days, the creeks are running pretty full too - we were unable to cross Willow Creek at the trail because the rocks were submerged. There is, however, a convenient tree spanning the creek just above the trail (pic 3). 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-07-03, By: madbuck
Info: Southwest Slopes still has a large snowfield climber‘s left of the Massive-South Massive saddle. Skiing would probably be alright still as you keep an eye on some of the changes in pitch. Smaller snowfields below are less steep and easier to cross or avoid when hiking, with a safe glissaditunity on the way down. But for hiking, the upper snow filed covers the SW slopes climbing trail. Recommend climbing directly up the saddle, the angle is lower here and it‘s easier. To the left of the saddle on the ascent is loose talus that is not recommended. On the ridge, some minor snowfields and possible hip-deep postholing in the afternoon, but not much more than a dozen steps or so a couple times, not worth bringing flotation. Wildflowers in lower basin near Halfmoon Creek are still green and thigh-high, should be spectacular at the end of the month. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-06-30, By: iquack08
Info: Still small and medium patches of snow. Gaitors are optional, but recommended. Very doable with just boots. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-06-24, By: AirborneBuff
Info: Climbed Massive today and conditions could not have been much better. Wore my trail runners and brought extra socks since I knew there was some snow, but not so to cause any problems. Snow fields were firm when I accended early and slightly slushy when I decended. No need for anything other than light weight hikers in my opinion. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-06-16, By: jfaust
Info: No issues on the Colorado Trail, just some easily avoidable snowdrifts. Once you hit treeline there are plenty of drifts to navigate around as well as a large snowfield to cross. Didn‘t have much issues with postholing on the way down, but bring gaiters to avoid wet feet. The summit ridge still has quite a bit of snow, but most of it can be avoided by sticking to the rocks. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-06-13, By: E-dorvs
Info: Trailhead open and pretty easy. I really think any decent clearance (Subaru included) and careful driving can get you there. Dry/small drifts for the first 1.25 miles on the trail to the SW Slopes turn off. Minimal snow crossing (probably gone/completely avoidable) through the two boulderfields mentioned in the route description. Rounding the corner from the 2nd (larger) boulderfield onto the SW Slopes route is where snow starts. About 50-100‘ of downclimb from the saddle proper between SW Slopes route and South Massive. Otherwise continous snow to the saddle. Still mostly snow from the ridge to the summit. Upper east slopes holding a lot of snow. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2011-06-09, By: rockymountaindiva
Info: Clear going 1st mile or so on CO trail, 2nd mile highly drifted but enough traffic that paths are being worn through the drifts. 3rd mile some drifts. Needed snowshoes on the way up this part of the trail on 6/8 but not on the way back 6/9. At point where Mt Massive trail splits from CO trail, there is some drifting, snowshoes needed on way up but we found our way down and avoided most deep snow. We camped at about 11,500. Above camp, snowshoes needed for quite a while until somewhere above 12,400. No snowshoes needed beyond that point to summit (but there was hard snow in places). Photo 1 about 11,700. Photo 2 about 11,900. Photo 3 about 12,600. Photo 4 heading down to saddle from summit. Road to trailhead in good condition, was being graded on 6/8. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-06-06, By: RobertKay
Info: We lost a black Ortovox beacon somewhere between the North Halfmoon trailhead and the first half mile up the trail. Please call 402 304 1257 if found. Lost 6/4/2011 
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Route: North East ridge via Fish Hatchery TH
Posted On: 2011-05-16, By: GerryRigged
Info: I did a solo ski of Massive yesterday. There was continious snow from just below the junction of the Highline Trail and the Colorado Trail. I was able to skin from near the Evergreen Lakes but it was spotty in a few areas. Snow conditions were a consistant two to four inch layer of corn on a hard crust going all the way to the summit and back down to about 10,500 feet then a slog the rest of the way out. I saw some small wet slides on steep east facing slopes of mountains to west but none on Massive. The east slope was a good corn ski all the way back down below tree line. Pic #1-Looking back up toward the summit. Pic #2-Looking down the east gully. 
 
Route: From Fish Hatchery TH
Posted On: 2011-03-16, By: Bean
Info: Good trench most of the way to treeline, at least until the next storm. Once above treeline it‘s possible to stay off snow most of the way if you work for it. Mostly-continuous skiable line all the way down. 

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