We got to about 13,250 and had to turn back because of weather. We had started at 5:30 and ended up turning around at 8:30 am! Rain, snow, thunder and LOTS of dark clouds made that an easy decision. Also, after my experience on Mt. Lindsey I opted to go back. Bummer especially after driving 5 hours from Philmont.
Only got to spend about a minute enjoying the summit at about 10am, as the weather deteriorated quickly. I've never descended so fast.
I lugged snowshoes all the way up, but amazingly never had to use them. Nice morning. Trip report
east face from summit was a nice line to ski
Just beat a storm
Hiked up Massive from the west slopes some time in the late 90s.
Fun ridge traveling (part of tour de massive), going down the talus slope - not so much.
Great day for a hike. Incredible views. Party of 7 summited in around 5 hours. Round trip was 8 hours.
Very long hike but oversall it was nice hike.
2nd time July 04, 2019
Winter ski mountaineering attempt that ran out of time. Beautiful peak!
Last big climb on a 30 day Colorado Outward Bound school course. Woke up at 4, climbed Massive, came down and broke camp, and then hiked out to COB base camp in Leadville.
A ton of snow, but a ton of fun. No clouds, minimal wind, awesome views.
Started just before dawn. My second 14er.
Some snow from a couple hundred feet from the saddle. Wind and slushy snow up to the summit. Was socked in a cloud up top, which cleared as I was descending. Back to the parking lot just before 3pm. Great climb.
Quick easy walk. Up in three hours, down in 1.5 hours. Nice views in all directions.
Lovely day on Massive. We acidently made a right at the ridge and went 1 mile round trip out of our way to do South Massive. haha, I'll never forget that day.
standard route up massive. excellent hike, did it as an overnight.
I started out at 0530 at the North Halfmoon Trailhead. Trail was very nice all of the way up to Massive Summit. I made it to the Massive Summit, then traversed to Massive Green, North Massive and Point 14,169. Nice scramble between Massive Green and North Massive. I returned back the way I came out. I then headed to the summit of South Massive. I made it back to my car at about 2:30. It snowed a little during the morning, but nothing to turn me back. I only saw ten or so people throughout the day. This was a solo trip.
Last peak of the day, after hitting all the ridge points to the north, starting from the Windsor Lake TH. Bailed down the east slopes trail as thunder boomed and graupel moved in. Windy most of the morning, but still a great day on the summit ridge.
Climbed SW route from North Halfmoon Creek TH. After summit of Mt. Massive went to North Massive over Massive Green. Returned the same way. Climbed South Massive and descended SW route. Fun scramble between North Massive and Massive Green. Nice weather, awesome views!
08/11/2013: Tagged the summit of Mt. Massive on a traverse to Mt. Oklahoma. Nice weather, great views.
easy hiking, nice weather, lots of people on the trail.