Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
"Massive Green" - 14,300 feet
"North Massive" - 14,340 feet
Oklahoma, Mt  -  13,845 feet
Deer Mt A  -  13,761 feet
"K 49"  -  13,535 feet
Date Posted:  08/13/2020
Date Climbed:   08/12/2020
Author:  gtrett
 Massive>Oklahoma>Deer>K49 ridge loop  

Since there were no other reports about this entire loop, I just wanted to add a quick synopsis. I started at the main Mt. Massive TH because I am not willing to drive up that road, but you could save 4-5 miles round trip if you are able to park at N. Halfmoon Creek. There were a couple reports that discussed a Massive to Oklahoma loop as well as an Oklahoma to K49 loop, but not all together.

I thought this was an excellent route and would highly recommend if you are interested in semi-long distance and intermittent scrambling! I took the southwest slopes up Massive and from there headed over to Massive Green and North Massive (which is well documented).

I found the ridge from N. Massive to Oklahoma to be very intuitive and quite wide - even though there is exposure, I never really felt exposed. I would consider it mostly class 2/3 with the option for class 4 and even low 5 on the way up to Oklahoma. But if you want, it can be kept 3, maybe low 4 (again though, majority was 2). Overall the rock was very solid ridge proper. It can be loose to the sides on the way up Oklahoma. I ended up traversing around the left side and then going up to the summit, but it appeared that you could possible stay ridge proper for a more direct route/stable rock.

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One of the down climbs from N. Massive to Oklahoma. It looks dramatic but really just felt like walking down a steep staircase!
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Looking at Massive/N.Massive from just above the saddle of the Massive-Oklahoma ridge.

The ridge from Oklahoma to Deer was very straightforward and even had some trail segments. Deer has a route description that you can use for the final summit push.

The ridge from Deer to K49 is also pretty obvious with occasional trail segments as well. The initial decent off Deer is a little scrambly, but fun (it was sleeting when I was up there so I was just trying to find the most direct route down and it felt pretty straightforward).

I followed, more or less, the K49 route description for the decent.

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The route seen from the high point on the ridge between Deer and K49.

From the lower TH this route took me ~13 hours, mostly just going at a leisurely hiking pace. Overall, I would say the entire route can easily be kept mainly class 3, with a few class 4 moves (mostly on Deer, as detailed in its route description).




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 Comments or Questions
Eli Watson

Fantastic Route
09/18/2020 19:03
Just did Massive > "N Massive" > Oklahoma today and it's such an amazing ridge scramble. Stable rock, fun exposure, spicy scrambling. Thanks so much for posting this report. Definitely a premier scramble in the Sawatch.



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