Mt. Massive  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: Verticality
Info: Rapidly drying up across the entire hike. Upper basin to the south ridge of North Massive still filled in with a thin wet slab layer. Intermittent snow across the ridge predominantly on the north side. Very dry up to Massive Green and across to Mount Massive summit. Bit of snow lingers on the ridge over to South Massive. The southwest slopes are fairly dry but some large unavoidable snowfields persist. Easy and fun glissading opportunities. Full trip report: https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=20128 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: Cadorade4403
Info: Left the TH just before 5am and the snow was perfect all the way to the summit when we got there around 9am. No post holing on the way up and we did use spikes and poles which were both necessary. We stayed on the summit for about an hour and the snow was way softer coming down. We ended up glissading over 1000 ft down, almost to the N. Half Moon Creek trail junction. From there on the trail was very wet and muddy but there was pleanty of snow to walk on and stay dry. Great day!. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-20, By: justinbedford22
Info: Was able to drive about half a mile from North Halfmoon Creek TH in a Nissan rogue. Snow melt is in full force and makes for pretty slushy conditions below the treeline but it wasn't too bad at all. Most of the postholing was above the treeline at around 12~13k' in sections where snow drifts covered up the main summer trail. Definitely some route finding involved above the treeline -- trail disappeared frequently but I was able to relocate it better the closer I got to the summit. Summited with microspikes and poles which were both necessary. Didn't use any snowshoes or axe, they would've been nice in spots but they are more of a luxury than a necessity at this point. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: Loki
Info: Glassing the Mt. Massive east slope route from the Summit of Mt. Sherman on05/17/2020 showed a solid snow pack from tree-line to summit. Would be excellent skiing if attempted before high temps in the afternoon. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-11, By: phaas34
Info: Skied the SW Slopes. Started about 3/4 of a mile from the upper TH at about 5:45 snow was very patchy down low until getting above the cliffs and onto the SW slopes where it was pretty consistent until just before you top out and walk on the ridge over to the summit. Used crampons and ice axes on the snow. Topped out around 11am and skied perfect corn down. Lower sections back were a slog. Pictures: 1 - looking down the slopes near 13k 2 - looking up 3 - 11/10 good doggos topping out 4 - a look back at the SW slopes before heading out P.S. we wanted to ski the Massive Couloir/ West Slopes but it was pretty bare. S slopes are slimming out quickly 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-03-16, By: guangxiren
Info: The trail is in great shape until the next storm. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-03-08, By: Bones007
Info: It was a beautiful day. No new snow and there was a good channel all the way to tree line. Started at 6 Am and didn't need flotation until the small lake around 11,300 but it was a must after that and by the time we came down after the summit with snow melt flotation was needed all the way. There were a couple small areas of snow along the ridge but mostly dry. Beautiful sunny views but on and gusty wind especially at the summit. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-29, By: JQDivide
Info: Trench from TH to Treeline. Boots only to Colorado Trail in early morning. Then snowshoes to the ridge just above treeline. From there to summit a mix of boots and microspikes. Trekking poles were a plus. Didn't use ice ax, though a few spots on the ridge would have been nice, but so short didn't bother taking it off the pack. Don't bother taking skis, a lot of wind blown areas. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-29, By: RWSchaffer
Info: From the Fish Hatchery, good trench leads to the pond. It is bootpack firm for the first half, but the last mile required a significant refresh, so floatation may still be useful there. Above the pond, almost all signs of previous trench had been erased by fresh and wind transported snow. I put in new trench to the east ridge, but with active wind, portions of my ascent track were covered when I returned. Carry floatation and be prepared to do a bit of routefinding. Tracks in relief testify to terrain above timberline being even more windscoured than at the time of the most recent report. Snow that had been compacted by boots or skis remained while all surrounding snow had been scoured away, leaving white tracks across bare ground. I found spikes and ice axe to be useful on snowfields along the ridge, though others may find them unnecessary. Pictured are timberline (photo 1), the low end of the ridge (photo 2), the ridge above the rocky point near 13,000' (photo 3), and the homestretch as seen from above (photo 4). 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-23, By: LilRascal
Info: From Fish Hatchery, trail is well packed until the Colorado trail. After that, I was occasionally plunging above knee. Since scouting from last week led to some wallowing, I tried to stay a bit north while below treeline, hoping for more consilidated snow. I don't ski, but I think skis would be better on this route, for better flotation. I used snowshoes until 13000. Careful weaving through parts of the final ridge helps to avoid snowdrifts. I did better at this when going down, than up. For me, 7.5 hours up, 5 hours down. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-02, By: tcphoto87
Info: Summited my 40th 14er and Sawatch finisher yesterday! Parked at the fish hatchery trailhead. Started at 4:18am and made it back to the car around 5:30pm/just before dusk. The trail was packed up until the Colorado trail junction where we had to break trail from there to treeline where it was all windblown. There were a few short spots with a very faint trench here and there that helped us along. Above treeline it was mostly dry, I had on microspikes but probably didn't even need them except for a couple spots. The wind was absolutely ridiculous when the forecast called for minimal wind. My friends turned around about 800ft below the summit but I pushed on cause I already attempted this route last year and didn't want to come back a 3rd time when I was so close but it was very slow going with the wind. The summit was almost completely dry. I noticed on the way down the trench was already getting partially covered 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-11, By: jjstickel
Info: Three of us climbed Mt Massive with two nights camping at 11,500 ft. We started at the Fish Hatchery trailhead, and the trail was reasonably packed on the Highline trail until crossing the CO trail. About 3/4 mile past that we started making our own trail in deep snow. We stashed snowshoes once reaching the ridge. For the final ascent, we ascended the slopes South of the East ridge, using crampons on firm snow. Great snow climbing for January! 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-12-23, By: galectins
Info: My hiking partner (and myself, to a lesser extent) broke trail starting very near Fish Hatchery TH. We made it to approx 13,200 and had to turn around due to time and exhaustion (started at 630am, turned around at 130pm--read "brutal slog"). Approx 4-6?? feet of snow in the trees. Approx 11600' to 12000' along nose of E ridge was especially loaded. Wind-packed above treeline. Snowshoes were mandatory until above treeline. We hope some other parties can take advantage of the work we put in and make it to the summit! Pictures: ridge above treeline and summit; most of the route looked like the bottom 3 pics after we passed through. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-11-11, By: Jmccracken520
Info: Trail was mostly snow covered up to tree line however there was no need for snowshoes (carried them but never put them on) due to the packed down trench. Microspikes would be good to have. Above tree line snow was patchy and the trail was mostly dry. We ditched our snow shoes before the climb to the saddle. The snow we did encounter below the saddle had about 2 to 3 inch wind crust with sugar snow beneath and the stuff on the ridge to the summit was unconsolidated but enough to support our steps and was minimal. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2019-11-09, By: 4x4more
Info: The lower portion of the trail has ~8-10 inches but has a fairly good trough. The snow in the upper portion of the trail makes route finding sometimes difficult. Some of the snow drifts in the upper section are quite deep. With the snow, loose dirt, rocks in the upper steep section it was pretty slick so micro spikes were handy. I used gators and micro spikes. No need for an ice axe. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2019-10-28, By: austinpavlas
Info: Made in about a quarter-mile from the trailhead in a Subaru Forrester. Started at 6:00 am, broke trail the entire way to summit. The trail had ankle-deep snow in the valley, and knee-hip deep snow on the slopes. Very nice glissade possible from 13,800 down to 12,400. Microspikes were needed in the morning, but everything was slush on the way down. With a bit more snow, large sections would be skiable in you dont love your skis. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2019-10-29, By: cotezi
Info: Made it all the way to 110J junction (.3 mi from trailhead) in a Subaru Outback. Saw a Honda CRV also make it this far and a Subaru Forester make it just past us. The snow on this road is about 5 inches deep with packed down tire tracks all the way. We got hiking at 8 am (very late start!) and because of all the snow (shin-knee deep throughout) only made it up to 13,400. There was one group that had started ahead of us who made it to the summit because they started at 6 AM. I didn't wear microspikes on the way up but put them on on the way down. Not sure if it made a difference. Start early and possibly bring snowshoes for a successful summit. Although snowshoes might be annoying in the talus/boulder field right now until there is enough snow to cover all that. The SW slopes are no joke - so much vert gain in very little time. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-10-20, By: salmanalsaif
Info: Keep in mind conditions will have changed if it snowed on the 20th. Didn't use traction throughout. Little accumulation below treeline (I ran in some spots), but it may require traction after some thaw/freeze cycles. Trail is packed and broken in most of the way, with only a tiny little bit of postholing above treeline. Winds got worse closer to the summit, especially whenever I ended up on the west side of the ridge (when walking through all the false summits to the real one). The wind was the only major hindrance (wind chill between - 10 and 0). Only saw 6 people the entire day. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-10-14, By: Slawson405
Info: Trail is still mostly clear, some snow patches higher up but they are not sustained and didn't seem to warrant spike use yet. If they get anymore snow this coming weekend though spies will probably become more necessary. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2019-10-07, By: Brugensummit
Info: Started at 0600. Summit at 0830, back to Jeep at 1030. Trail is steepish but very well maintained and easy to follow. Clear and dry to summit although it did very lightly flurry on us around 13500 feet. Snow is coming this week so this report is likely moot in a few days. 
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