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:
Short but steep ascent route.
I spent a little bit of time trying to decide which peak was highest. I finally decided on the one at N39.18753 W106.47562 (WGS 84). It appears slightly higher than the one at N39.18588 W106.47505.
A little long.
Very enjoyable climb. I found this one to be prettier than nearby Elbert, depsite the longer length (also less crowded, had summit to ourselves).
This was an overnight ascent. We started from the Native lake trailhead. Spent the night at Native Lake. The folowing day we did a little tour du Massive. We reached Massive through the ridge that starts right from the summit Eastward. Then we went over Massive Green, North Massive, Point 14169, enjoyed the fresh snow on the glacier and climbed down all the way back to the trailhead. It was a very, very long day. Especially after you are done with the peak and have to hike out for 2-3 more hours with the heavy backpacks on.
Great day for a hike! Windy above timberline, partly cloudy all the way up which made it easier then hiking under full sun. Interesting portion of climb before reaching the summit with breathtaking views, needless to say! Overall much prettier to hike then Elbert. Very windy on the top, hold on to your hats! We were low of drinks even we had packed plenty. Got to the summit sort of dehydrated. Filled up a bottle with snow which helped us make it back. Grateful for that snow! Had attempted this mountain twice in the past year but never reached the summit because of changes in the weather. Felt good to have finally made it. Now I can plan another Fourteener and pack MORE WATER!
Myself and 3 others made the summit. This was an awesome hike.
A delightful day with fellow Sp'ers Aaron & Ellen. Southwest Slopes is my kind of route. Short & straight up. The summit ridge was beautiful. Glissading down the amphitheatre by the West Couloir was a real treat! Thanks, guys!
West slopes - very long sustained steep climb up tundra. Climbed with my favorite climbing partner Aaron and fellow SPer Eileen from Vancouver. We had the summit to ourselves. Weather was perfect. We had a great time glissading down a very long snow field. We went very very fast and had a great time. I would climb Massive again via this route in early season.
Long hike, fun ridge walk, false summit, no summit register, and cold and windy on top. What a great day.
My 2nd 14er, climbed with my dad during a family trip up to Leadville one summer. We did it the day after climbing Elbert. Don't remember exactly which route, but know that we parked at the same place as for Elbert. We passed a Boy Scout Troop from Kansas, that we'd seen the day before as well (unfortunately, I don't think they made it up either day). The weather was great, and we had a great day.
bagged four fourteen thousand foot pionts that day.
Left Denver very early in the morning. Started at 6:15 am. Solo with my dog Roscoe, a huge Rodesian Ridgeback 14er dog! Got to the summit at 11:35 am. Lots of other folks on the summit and on the ridge to the summit. Great ridge hike!! Still lots of snow during this spring. Snow was quite slushy by the descent though. Back to car by 3:30 pm. Long, beautiful, very enjoyable hike.
More like a trail hike than a mountain climb. Very easy dayhike to the top in just over 3 hours. Roundtrip in less than 5.
steep hiking trail but a moderate hike overall