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.
As Roach states " a long hike"... A pleasant walk in the woods followed by an uphill grind. A lot of fun!
Quite a distinctive mountain--I like it! Climbed with Aaron Johnson up the steep west slopes (but a good, easy trail), which proved to get us to the summit relatively quickly, but nothing like how fast we descended the wonderful scree slopes a bit further north on the same side! What a wonderful day!
Reached summit at around 8:00 AM. Great climb.(Sean,Kristin,Barry,CJ,Helen, Matt)
Plenty of snow!
Climbed in an early season snowstorm. Bagged all 5 over 14k according to roach.
this route, contrary to dawson's description, does NOT avoid heinous scree. in fact it defines it.
After hopping over 3 summits to get there, our group finally stood on the main summit after a very cold and windy ascent. A quick descent down the snow fields made up for it, though. Pretty good workout, I'd say.
This is simply the ONLY way one should climb Massive. How else can one experience the massiveness of Massive unless you walk along all its massive summits? Views from the ascent up to North Massive almost brought me to tears. Do this hike NOW!
We kicked steps into a snowslope to reach the ridge west of "North Massive." We summitted that peak, and continued the circle tour to Massive's summit. A trip report is available here.
Great day out with Mark and Zach. Our route was deffinetly the road less traveled!
What an enjoyable climb. There was just enough snow from earlier dump that this "hike" in the summer felt like a "climb" this particular day. Good boots and ice axes were used.
Started from North Halfmoon Creek Trailhead and the entire route is described here: