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notracksRoute Climbed: Native Lake Trailhead Date Climbed: September 2002  Sucess!

notracks

This was an overnight ascent. We started from the Native lake trailhead. Spent the night at Native Lake. The folowing day we did a little tour du Massive. We reached Massive through the ridge that starts right from the summit Eastward. Then we went over Massive Green, North Massive, Point 14169, enjoyed the fresh snow on the glacier and climbed down all the way back to the trailhead. It was a very, very long day. Especially after you are done with the peak and have to hike out for 2-3 more hours with the heavy backpacks on.
Posted Sep 20, 2003 11:42 pm

charles97Route Climbed: Mount Massive Trail, down back side. Date Climbed: July 2, 2003  Sucess!

charles97

Wow this was a tough hike, not because of the ascent, but because silly me wanted to bag North Massive and go down the backside on the same day. As it was we went up when there was quite a bit of snow still, but the main trail to the summit was well worn and the patches of snow didn't present a problem. I think it took us about 3.5 hours to get to the summit from the main trailhead.



However, we (I should say I) wanted to bag North Massive too, and went across the ridge part way. We made it as far as the last saddle, but were running late, so decided it wasn't worth the trouble. Then we "surfed" down the back side where there's about a 1000-ft scree covered slope. Nasty. Wore me out. Then we lost the trail and there were no other hikers on that side of the hill at all. Then we met some formidable snow banks. At one point we ended up sliding down a pretty steep snow bank on our butts, screaming obscenities the whole way. Oh well, it was all a good day because we survived (ragged as we were at the end).



#20, only 34 to go.
Posted Sep 16, 2003 1:49 am

HelgaRoute Climbed: Standard route Date Climbed: 7.12.03  Sucess!

Helga

Great day for a hike! Windy above timberline, partly cloudy all the way up which made it easier then hiking under full sun. Interesting portion of climb before reaching the summit with breathtaking views, needless to say! Overall much prettier to hike then Elbert. Very windy on the top, hold on to your hats! We were low of drinks even we had packed plenty. Got to the summit sort of dehydrated. Filled up a bottle with snow which helped us make it back. Grateful for that snow! Had attempted this mountain twice in the past year but never reached the summit because of changes in the weather. Felt good to have finally made it. Now I can plan another Fourteener and pack MORE WATER!

Posted Jul 13, 2003 6:24 am

John StyrnolRoute Climbed: Mt. Massive Trail Date Climbed: 5 Jul 2003  Sucess!

John Styrnol

Myself and 3 others made the summit. This was an awesome hike.
Posted Jul 8, 2003 5:25 pm

Peak FreakRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: June 15, 2003  Sucess!

Peak Freak

A delightful day with fellow Sp'ers Aaron & Ellen. Southwest Slopes is my kind of route. Short & straight up. The summit ridge was beautiful. Glissading down the amphitheatre by the West Couloir was a real treat! Thanks, guys!
Posted Jun 20, 2003 12:40 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: June 15, 2003  Sucess!

mtnhiker13

West slopes - very long sustained steep climb up tundra. Climbed with my favorite climbing partner Aaron and fellow SPer Eileen from Vancouver. We had the summit to ourselves. Weather was perfect. We had a great time glissading down a very long snow field. We went very very fast and had a great time. I would climb Massive again via this route in early season.
Posted Jun 18, 2003 6:23 pm

SpeedyRoute Climbed: Massive TH Date Climbed: 9/6/02  Sucess!

Speedy

Long hike, fun ridge walk, false summit, no summit register, and cold and windy on top. What a great day.
Posted Jun 13, 2003 1:58 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: West Slopes from Halfmoon TH Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!

Kane

I'll always remember this hike because I freaked out and left my hiking poles behind because of an oncoming thunderstorm. I thought they would act like some lightning rod! I still get crap from my friend about that day. Ascended the backside of Massive, and summited North Massive, tagged Massive and descended via the standard east slopes.
Posted May 27, 2003 6:59 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: either Mt. Massive Direct or Mt. Massive Trail Date Climbed: summer, 1991(?)  Sucess!

Diggler

My 2nd 14er, climbed with my dad during a family trip up to Leadville one summer. We did it the day after climbing Elbert. Don't remember exactly which route, but know that we parked at the same place as for Elbert. We passed a Boy Scout Troop from Kansas, that we'd seen the day before as well (unfortunately, I don't think they made it up either day). The weather was great, and we had a great day.
Posted Mar 11, 2003 9:49 am

GrantRoute Climbed: tour de Massive Date Climbed: sept 3 2001  Sucess!

Grant

bagged four fourteen thousand foot pionts that day.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 10:18 pm

izzyvetRoute Climbed: Mt. Massive Trail/East Slopes Date Climbed: June 28, 1998  Sucess!
Left Denver very early in the morning. Started at 6:15 am. Solo with my dog Roscoe, a huge Rodesian Ridgeback 14er dog! Got to the summit at 11:35 am. Lots of other folks on the summit and on the ridge to the summit. Great ridge hike!! Still lots of snow during this spring. Snow was quite slushy by the descent though. Back to car by 3:30 pm. Long, beautiful, very enjoyable hike.
Posted Feb 17, 2003 7:43 pm

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: July 5, 2001  Sucess!

Martin Cash

More like a trail hike than a mountain climb. Very easy dayhike to the top in just over 3 hours. Roundtrip in less than 5.
Posted Oct 31, 2002 4:37 pm

HayesredRoute Climbed: southwest slope Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!
steep hiking trail but a moderate hike overall
Posted Oct 30, 2002 12:55 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Colorado Main Range Date Climbed: September 3 2000  Sucess!

rmjwinters

This mountain is Massive. It took us 7 hours roundtrip. Great hike.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 1:45 pm

cmccallRoute Climbed: Mt Massive trailhead Date Climbed: August 5 2002  Sucess!
A very long and tiring hike but worth it
Posted Oct 2, 2002 3:32 pm

ogonzooRoute Climbed: Twin Moons Creek - kinda? Date Climbed: September 07, 2002  Sucess!

ogonzoo

well, we lost the trail up to the summit. we ended up on the west side of massive in the northern most bowl. we could see the ridge and did not want to backtrack, so we scrambled up tons of loose rock and boulders for about 2 miles. it hurt, but felt great.
Posted Sep 18, 2002 9:41 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Mount Massive Trailhead - East Slopes Date Climbed: August 23, 2002  Sucess!

Ed F

A long hike to the top. The final ridge to the summit over a few false summits was fun. Got chased off the summit by some black clouds rolling in.



Get an early start on this one.
Posted Sep 14, 2002 11:24 am

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Mt. Massive Trail/East Slopes Date Climbed: 9/6/02  Sucess!

Bryan W

A nice long hike to the top. A massive undertaking. My second 14er! Followed the trail to the saddle between Massvie and South Massive. After that, the trail is sometimes hard to find as you scramble and bolder hop to the summit. There are a few small false summits after the saddle. Keep going and you will get there quicker than you think. No summit register however!!! We decided to just go right down the southeast face instead of going back to the saddle. Not too difficult of a descent. It was obvious that many people do this.
Posted Sep 10, 2002 1:53 pm

hasueRoute Climbed: west couloir Date Climbed: 8/5/02  Sucess!

hasue

Wonderful trail into the heart of the wilderness, camped in a glacial ampitheatre at 13,000 ft. Next morning was a steep scramble up a couloir that took us right to the very top! Tons of fun and a confidence builder!
Posted Aug 8, 2002 3:31 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: East Slopes from Mt Massive TH Date Climbed: july 15, 2002  Sucess!

kilimanjaro1

A fun climb. First half was pretty tame and flat ... then some uphill and a bit of route finding over the rocks at the end. Overall a very fun climb.
Posted Jul 22, 2002 7:21 pm

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