Two days after summiting Elbert, I opted to not try for the summit of Massive, and instead hikes up North Halfmoon Lakes trail. I followed the "Tour de Massive" approach up to the basin formed by Massive, North Massive and Massive Green. There at just under 13,000', I was rewarded with the solitude and grandeur of this area.
Started from North Halfmoon trailhead around 6 am and followed the trail up to Halfmoon lakes. We then proceeded towards North Massive's snow covered South Face. We climbed the snow slope until it became scree and gained the Southwest ridge towards North Massive (14,340’). We made the summit of North Massive and then descended the ridge (Class 3 Scramble). Once in the col we scrambled (Class 2+) up and over Massive Green (14,300’). From Massive Green we descended a bit until we made the final ascent to the summit of Mount Massive (14,421') We decided to take the west slopes back to our cars. A very long and challenging day up and over 3 summits. Made it back to our cars around 5 pm.
climbed the "tour de" minus Mt Oklahoma. descended via steep scree gully and navigated my way to the lakes and eventually the trail back. Elevation gain is no joke going up to South Massive! Straight up!
Climbed multiple times (recently did Tour de Massive)
SW slopes. Steep and direct.
Climbed Southwest Slopes route - lots of spring snowpack.
I was enchanted with this magnificent mountain. Gotta come back. Elbert tomorrow.
Soloed. Left pack down low and found marmots having a look on descent.
Southwest slopes trail from N. Half Moon Creek TH. Reached top at 12:45 and started down just after 1:00. Thunderstorms started about 1:45 glad we were off top.
With friends from the west side - super steep but short. Fun huge mountain!
nice day out...
Was a total disaster. Here is the blog I wrote on the climb up and how my group got lost coming back down. http://micksmiscellaneous.blogspot.com/2012/10/lost-on-mount-massive-in-leadville-co.html
With Megan and Katie, 14.
A very nice day trip with some snow on the route.
12 of the men from Christ Church Plano (TX) attempted to bag Massive (100% successful!) via Standard (East Slopes) Route. Beautiful weather on a fine mountain. The long 13.75 mi. route had me a bit nervous; but I had no trouble until about the last mile when knees, ankles and feet protested pretty strongly. The new boots will be returned to REI in hopes of finding a better fit. 22nd CO 14er.
Did Massive with 2 friends who had never hiked on anything over 10,000 feet. We ended up hitting the summit in 2:26 and took 1:34 to descent. Very nice trail. We had rain and hail on the way down at 11 AM.