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Ascent of Mount Massive on 2018-09-09

Climber: William Chen

Date:Sunday, September 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Massive
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14421 ft / 4395 m

Ascent Trip Report

Terrain: Class 1-1.5
Exposure: Limited, minimal runout (Scariness: 1.5/10)
Driving: 2WD low-clearance under most dry conditions

Difficulty: 5/10
Scenery: 7/10
Overall quality: 6/10

We went up the Main Massive Trail ("East Slopes" on 14ers.com). From the Mt Massive trailhead, follow the Colorado Trail for a few miles to a signed junction. Then follow the Main Massive Trail all the way to the top. The trail stays in the forest for a short distance before emerging out onto a broad expanse of alpine tundra. Ascending this tundra is the most difficult part of the whole hike. Soon, you'll reach a saddle. Turn to the right and head up the obvious ridge. The trail eventually forms a junction with the North Half Moon Trail ("Southwest Slopes" on 14ers.com) coming up from the southwest. Here the trail narrows a bit and becomes less distinct. You may lose the main trail here, but it's easy to get back on track (if you're paying attention). This area is the closest what I'd call class 2, but that's a bit of a stretch (I find the ratings on 14ers.com to be grossly inflated). After you pass a false summit (relatively impressive in its own right), the way to the summit is obvious.

The mountain is a massive hulking beast with gentle grades and fairly easy hiking. Respect this mountain for what it offers.

Ascent Times:

Car (10,080 ft) - 6:15
Main Massive Trail/Colorado Trail Jct - 7:55
Saddle - 10:45
N Half Moon Creek Jct - 11:10
Summit (14,421 ft) - 11:35

Descent Times:

Summit - 11:45
N Half Moon Creek Jct - 12:00
Saddle - 12:10
Main Massive Trail/Colorado Trail Jct - 13:45
Car - 14:52
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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