I took the Halfmoon Creek Trail. This sucked. I was sliding back as much as I moved forward. Scree from hell. The trail was kind of hard to follow. Coming down was just as bad, falling on my ass the whole way down.
Second attempt on Massive. First attempt failed via Willow Creek/East Slopes. A good hike ending in success!
The winds were gusty but snow wasn't too bad, My climbing partner Mark was involved in a minor a slab avalanche but escaped unscathed
What made this climb interesting was the snow. Had a small slab release on the summit ridge after my partner had crossed over and I was halfway accross. Made for some interesting verbage and slip n' slidage. Was nice to see Elbert again, one of my first 14'ers.
Got totally turned around from the get-go, ending up on the wrong trail, which I discovered when I could see Leadville from treeline. Still, it was a remarkably fun day on what is otherwise an unremarkable hump in the sky, or collection of humps. I bopped along the top from South Massive to North Massive, visiting all summits and sub-summits between. I believe I descended a scree-filled gulley and intersected the Mount Massive Trail for a quick trip down. Honestly, though, I probably wouldn't bother with Massive again.
Nice climb!. Raced the thunderstorms down, but none the worse for the wear. View was great!
I turned around at 13,900 ft running out of time and strength in strong winds and poor visibility. To know more, see Scott's report below.
January 15-16 2005
All Summitpost winter trip. Two of us made it, two of us got very close-but didn't reach the summit (including me), and one still got up really high. Great trip and great company. TRIP REPORT. Will go again next winter to attempt entire traverse!
June 21-22 2013
Shaylee, Kessler and I left for climbing Mount Massive. We wanted to get an earlier start, but after being too tired to pack the night before and after waiting for Pizza Hut in Leadville, we didn't get that early start. I thought it would be more pleasant to camp on the mountain than by the vehicles. We started the trail just after 7:30 PM and walked less than an hour before setting up camp. We camped at South Fork Willow Creek.
While I was filtering the water, Arthur and his dad walked up the trail. We were supposed to meet them at the campsite, so we all camped in the same place before heading to bed.
Our group of five woke up with a temperature of 33F. We quickly packed up and started up the mountain.
The trail up Massive is steady uphill, but never extremely steep. We made good progress up to the 13,900 foot saddle. After that there was some scrambling, but it was a straightforward climb to the summit.
It was Shaylee's (9 years old) highest summit to date.
Arthur and his dad when to climb the other 14er summits (unranked) of Mount Massive, but Shaylee, Kessler, and I only went to Massive Green as far as extra summits goes.
I was afraid that we would be beat if we tried them all in a day.
After climbing Massive Green, Shaylee, Kessler, and I went back over the summit of Massive and back down to camp. We took a nap while waiting for the other two.
When Arthur and his dad met us, they were beat. We hiked the short distance down the mountain and ate in Leadville. Because they were understandable tired, we cancelled the next day's climb and headed back home.
It was a great trip.
After a previous attempt on the east slopes route in September of the year before, when we had to turn back due to snow conditions above 13,500, we returned for the steep haul up the shorter route.
Due to trail repair, there was a slight detour on the trip.
Reached the summit with Henrik (hmronnow) as part of the all-SP team also including Scott Patterson, Emilio (ungerfeld) and Joel (photo61guy). Started from the road closure on Half Moon Road and headed west into the woods. After six and a half hours of tedious trail breaking through consistently knee-deep powder we had only covered 1600' and about three miles, making camp just below the Colorado Trail. While camp was being set up Henrik, Joel, and I helped break trail up to treeline to speed the next day's ascent. The next day the wind was strong above treeline, but Henrik and I made the summit in the clouds after 4.5 hrs. Joel turned around just below 13000' while Scott descended with a fatigued Emilio after nearly reaching the 13900' saddle. The descent to camp took only 2 hours and with a still-broken trail the descent to the car only took 1.5 hrs! A fantastic trip on a challenging climb with great partners! Now's the time to climb Massive though with a veritable highway to the top - hurry before the next snow!!
Had a great hike, but boy did we make it tougher than it should have been. Totally missed the "large rock cairn" marking the turn on the trail...not sure what we were looking at, 'cuz it was large and tough to miss!
A very long day on this mountain. We missed the cairn so ended up hiking up the entire basin and climbing the scree slope to the ridge. We then had to traverse the ridge over the minor summit. Alot of wind at the top too! Spent over 9 hours on this mountain, which would have been quicker had we turned at the cairn.
Took the standard route to the main summit of Massive. Then skirted below the summit of Massive Green and hit North Massive and Point 14,169. Came back to Summit Massive Green and back over the main summit of Massive. Finally summited South Massive. This was a very long intense day and was fun to do Massive again.
My 7th Fourteener. (+North Massive+Massive Green+South Massive). Great fun and first experience in the beautiful Sawatch Range!
Climbed with Sarge (dog) and dad. Best scree descent I can remember.
Only a dusting of snow on the mountain (if even that much). Easy hike below treeline and just above treeline...then the fun starts. Gain a lot of vertical in just over a mile. We were discouraged by the summit ridge at first, but it was only light scrambling.
The most incredible views! We started too late and just made it back before dark, as we underestimated the decent. Start early!
Third time was a charm for me! Had to turn around twice before due to weather and a chest cold. Oh yeah, saw a herd of approx. 10 deer on the trail. A good omen! My friend ran out of water on the way down, but was able to filter some from a stream just below treeline.
Got a late start at 6:30 summitted about 10:45. Was snowing pretty good. Heard thunder as we were leaving the summit about 11:00. Booked down to treeline where it rained on us the rest of the way. Great long hike. Amazing views from the entire ridgeline.
It was a easy hike belowe the treeline. It was a little hard above the treeline but I did make to the summit. It has a beautifull view. I enjoyed it a lot.
This route is long and crowded. The mountain is impressive, though. I would like to try some of the harder, shorter routes in the future.