Barly anyone on the trail that day
Great fun, and a dusting of snow to boot.
Made it to the campground across from N Mt. Elbert Trailhead early the day before and spend a relaxing day reading and exploring my surroundings. I car-camped that night, and right after sundown, I began to hear little noises all around me. I had no idea what made them, and I imagined my car being ransacked by a rogue bear. I then saw a small, furry object dart across my windshield. I heard the mice everywhere, on the hood of my car, in the engine, and possibly in my trunk. This continued for the remainder of the night, and by around 4 AM, I had earned only about an hour of solid sleep. Frustrated, I drove to the trailhead, where I slept for about 30 minutes before my car was again besieged by rodentia. At the first disturbance, I decided to begin my hike.
The sun was just beginning to rise as I climbed above treeline. I got a feel for how absoluty HUGE Mt. Massive is. The summit ridge seemed to stretch forever. The mountain was nearly as deserted as the campsite had been; I saw only one group of two hikers the entire time. I meandered through a few hundred yards of talus and large boulders to summit under very windy conditions. I ate lunch one the summit.
It had been my plan to bag as many of Massive's summits as I could that day, but due to a nearly nonexistant night's sleep, I was too exhausted to get more than the main summit.
Came back a few years ago and hiked up one of the routes on the west slopes.
Actually summited this mountain three times. Recently, this past July with a friend who sadly, didn't mke it.
Not, in my opinion a very interesting mountain. But it's close, easy and fairly quick.
I took the east slope down, ran is more like it. That was fun. Good practice on the rocks.
Tagged "South Massive" too
Very good trail, and straightforward route. Took about 7 hours round trip, and GPS measured about 13 miles. Make sure your boots fit well.
REU Nerdcamp 2002!
I saw this mountain from Elbert last summer. I would really like to have a picnic on its upper slopes someday. Just three years ago climbing it made me breathless, and I jogged up Elbert last summer. Mountains make you strong.
It was long but rewarding hike through South Massive to Massive. Beautiful views of the Mt. Elbert, Twin Lakes, and Tenmile-Mosquito Range!
We went up from North Halfmoon to the summit of North Massive. We had to kick steps to reach the ridge below North Massive. We then travesed back towards Massive Green and then Massive before heading back to the trailhead. The whole adventure took about 7 hours. A very nice way to see that this mountain really is 'massive'.
A really tough hike but very rewarding.
Started Early and just beat the weather up. Had to glissade to beat the weather down.... :(
Great climb w/ jclements. A tad bit "breezy"!
We missed the turnoff and went clear to Half Moon Creek, then backtracked and went up. The trail up is awesome. I proposed to my now-wife at the top.
Climbed with Mark Connell. Snow on the trail in places led us to bushwack. We found the climber's trail but lost it again while still in bushwack mode. Climbed more directly up the western (left hand) buttress of the gully, traversing crusty snow and a few Class 3 moves. Reached the first false summit, then Massive Green, and then finally the peak. Deeper, drier snow up high and wind, hard spindrift. Had to don goggles on the return traverse. Postholed across the ridge, but had to traverse some Class 3 bumps. Signed register. Beautiful mostly sunny day. Great views of the Divide. Got my eye on Oklahoma and Deer now. Tried some glissading down the gully but the snow was thinly crusted and soft. Found the climber's trail on the way back and stayed with it. The upper meadows in the basin were free of snow, and it was a warm day down there. In at 0615 and out at 1515.
Saw a snowshoe hare, grayjays, mountain goats on the slopes below South Massive. Ton of Elk, bulls even in the pastures and roads down near Leadville.
An interesting note: We saw something floating down into the gully while we were just ascending above treeline, it looked like a small parachute. It may have been a bird but it didn't flap or wave around or deviate from the apparent drift of wind. It looked to be white and red. It didn't flutter around like garbage, but made a straight diagonal descent, heading South East, as if it came from North massive, landing in the slopes under South Massive. Didn't see anything on descent.
Mark took pictures, will try to add here or to my profile later.
Came up by way of the western lakes and across the entire ridge. Found a working Motorola radio on the way down, just in case someone lost one. Contact me sometime. The western route is steep, but it's worth it. Make sure and climb the new route which cuts off to the right way before the trees end. I missed it and contributed to the trail damage on the way back down. Sorry.
Ten hours round trip. I took the class two trail down. Only brought two liters of water, two power gels and two power bars. Lack of water and food definately contributed to slow round trip :P
A bit crazy as this was my first 14er. Lots of snow to cross. Great view from the top! 53 14ers to go!
one of my first peaks in colorado
Hit the three southeast summits and the true summit. This is really fun if you enjoy a little route-finding. We found our way through the trees at 5am; basically you just head uphill through the woods until you reach treeline. From there just follow the ridge.