Mt. Massive  
Condition Updates  
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-25, By: S_Capetillo
Info: A Friend and I drove up to the TH on 7/23 and car-camped over night to hike on 7/24. As you might expect in the 4th week of July, there is no snow on the road to access the TH nor on the trail itself. The only confusion we had was about 3 mi into the Colorado Trail, we saw a Sign near a creek which indicated the CT went Left and Right, and the Massive Trail went Right as well. This was confusing because there was a clearing right behind it which looked like a trail and we thought the Massive trail must have been straight ahead. We were navigating with GOOGLE MAPS cause we didn't bring a map with us. And the google maps GPS told us to take the clearing off of the CT. This WAS WRONG. It did end up getting us to the Massive trail but we should have continued on the CT for another 500ft or so and taken a turn where there is a sign clearly indicating that the Massive Trail shoots off perpendicular to the CT. Other than that, it was a great hike. The rain did come in a couple hours earlier than the forecast indicated and we did have hail 2-3 mm in diameter for maybe 5 min on the crest between S Massive and Massive. I also had intermittent phone reception above tree line. Google Phi is my carrier. My friend also had intermittent phone reception, I do not know what carrier he has. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-20, By: sodomike
Info: For what its worth...updating mileage for this route. I think the mileage is off or has changed based on a number of resources I've found. From N. Halfmoon 4x4 TH (which was an easy drive, including noted obstacle, in a stock Tacoma with 'eh' tires). This site lists RT distance as 7.25, Roach's book lists at an even more mild 5.8 RT from trailhead. My GPS (strava 'hiking' activity, on an iPhone - admitted shortcomings acknowledged) showed 1.5 from TH to trail junction, then 2.9 to gain the ridge. I detoured to South Massive, but upon return, found another .25 to true summit from SW route intersection with main trail. With that math I get roughly 4.7 one-way from trailhead to summit. Making round trip distance no less than 9.5 miles. I continued on the ridge, further collecting, "Massive Green", "North Massive", and "Hunter-Fryingpan HP", and descended the slopes directly to the south, mostly on grass, with a short section of steep and loose scree, to the upper-most N. Halfmoon Lakes, and eventually the N. Halfmoon Lakes trail the rest of the way. Its a beautiful, and despite the unrelenting climb of the SW slopes, easier route, collecting all of Massive's >14,000' summits in roughly 12.25 miles and 4,900' vertical. Didn't see anyone after leaving Massive's summit. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-16, By: taylorharris50
Info: Road in good condition. Upper TH had a few 4Runners, a bronco, and pickups and a fun drive IMO. Half of humanity parked down below. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-27, By: Eagle Eye
Info: I went up Mt Massive and North Massive yesterday. Just an update that what had started (Sunday morning) around 9:30 as freezing rain became a decent snow covering at higher elevations. Which for Mt Massive is a lot of area! Lower down it rained lightly all day. I didn't take any pictures -but there are some on a TODAY trip someone posted on the 14ers.com Facebook page, showing that it lingered. Massive is massive, I had to say it. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-23, By: Lerxst
Info: Summer-like conditions. Road to trailhead was completely dry. Southwest slopes trail to summit was completely dry except for the stream crossings and some small and easily avoidable patches of snow. Enjoy! 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: Mitsugi
Info: Conditions almost perfect. Near the top some snow fields make it advisable to go up on the crest of the ridge. Stick to the right side away from the exposed left side. That snow looked super sketchy and I wouldn't be caught walking in that. Otherwise, great day. No snow until like 14,200ft. Longest hike to the ridge in human history. Endless. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-10, By: bethany420
Info: perfect conditions! no traction needed, the snow thats still there is easy to avoid. flowers are starting to bloom in areas. made it to upper lot in an outback wilderness (9.5” of clearance) and still scraped the bottom. the whole road is fine until that one spot at the end. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-05, By: Dom55
Info: Took the Southwest slopes, trail was a little hard to follow on the way up & steep, but nice alternative to the longer standard route. Much faster on the descend. Crossed one small snowfield on the way up, other than that very dry. Microspikes were useful for a few spots. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-04, By: dogsandguitars12
Info: Trailhead couldn't be easier to get to. 3am start. No cars in trailhead, nobody on trail. No snow at all until around 11300' at the split to go off trail. The forest that you bushwack through is miserable with no defined trail, lots of post-holing here. After you gain the ridge there's some snow but it was hardened in the morning and softened a little for the descent. Most totally avoidable. No flotation needed. I thought spikes and ice axe were useful but definitely not needed. Great weather, minimal wind. Great views of the Elks. Only saw 3-5 other people total. One other guy on summit that took East Slopes. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-01, By: Christensenje
Info: Via East Ridge, Ski'd East Slopes. Trail dry up to off trail turn off, then some bushwhacking and post holing fun until tree line. I had skis and was able to skin until tree line with the new snow. Can't imagine this would be very possible as the snow melts in the next few days. From tree line I was able to boot to the summit with ski boots on. No need for crampons or flotation. New snow made the ridge scramble extra spicy. But fun if you're into that kind of thing. Fun ski from summit! Made my way skiers left through a few low coverage rocks and then was able to really open up fun corn turns. On the exit, if you pick the right line, you can get to the lower bowl without taking skis off and ski untill 12,300. So worth the slog and even miserable post hole back to the high line trail. If you're not into that kind of thing, east slopes looks good and I think you could connect to the summit without flotation and/or traction, but I'd probably bring micro spikes for the morning. New snow already consolidated to melt/freeze snow after the loading from Mondays storm. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-03, By: NelsonBrands
Info: This sucked. Left trailhead at 4:30am with lots of energy and spunk. Around mile 4 post holing began. With me being who I am and forgetting my snow shoes, I crawled (and cussed) almost a mile until I was past tree line. Very windy on the ridge and peak with some spots where you can hide from it. Post holing was much worse on the way back. 11hr 15min car to car. DO NOT ATTEMPT WITHOUT SNOW SHOES. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-28, By: tallwhtgrl19
Info: Started at 7am and snow was holding up well, didn't need snowshoes til around mile 4. The ridge and rest of route is pretty windblown or dry. Coming back was absolutely awful, a snowshoe post-holing nightmare. There is maybe 3 feet of snow available to fall thru. A earlier start may have helped. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-20, By: the_hare
Info: Looks like my fellow hikers from yesterday beat me to writing a report so I just thought I'd add some pictures. I was planning on heading over to N Massive but didn't have the stamina or time for it this time, looks like nobody's been up there recently. Scrambled over the rocky & snowy bits on top of the ridge on the way up, mostly class 2+ with some class 3+ options. I bypassed most of that on the way back going down part of the upper basin on the south side of the ridge and then up and over a small snow crossing back to the first V-notch tower. Got a little disoriented trying to remember where the end of the snowshoe trench was among the slab towers at the base of the ridge but I saw a ptarmigan while I was doing that so it's cool. Really great day out. That makes 11 winter summits for me for this 21/22 season! Looking forward to scouting out more difficult routes this year after some snow's melted out. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-20, By: jlipold
Info: Pretty good weather day. Bluebird skies and low wind in most spots. Wore spikes from mile 1 to around 3.2 where we switched to snowshoes until we got past the treeline. Some spots where snowshoes could have come in handy above treeline, but not completely necessary. We wasted a lot of time by scrambling to the right of the ridgeline, when in reality you can just go right over it. 14 hours car to car 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-20, By: bsiegs
Info: Similar conditions to most recent update, about a month ago. The trench remains well established and there were at least 4 of us out there reinforcing it today. Snowshoes were definitely necessary most of the way to treeline, especially after the intersection of Highline trail with the CDT. There's a decent amount of windblown snow above treeline / along the ridge. While most of it can be avoided, there were 1 or 2 sections where having some extra traction can be useful. Wind was extremely inconsistent along the ridge, but never unmanageable, and was non-existent on the summit. Took about 12 hrs car-to-car with ~30 min at the summit. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-19, By: shapovalovm
Info: Optional spikes until about 11300. From there until treeline at 11900 snowshoes were very useful (that will stay the case for a few days at least, as the trench was in a very bad shape in places when I was going back). Above treeline it is mostly dry with some patches of hard windblown snow. I took the notch at 13000' as the slope to the left of it had snow. On the way back, though, I noticed new steps, so somebody did take the slope. Weather-wise I (as well as the forecast) was expecting a calm day but it was actually brutally windy in some spots on the ridge. It heavily depends on the terrain, though, as it was completely calm in other spots. The summit was not too windy, so I could spend 40 minutes there enjoying in the views. Started in -4F, but it warmed up quickly: 12F at the summit and possibly 40+ when I came back to the car. The trailhead is easily accessible by any mode of transportation (including bicycles/scooters/what have you). By 7:20 am, there were probably 7-8 cars in the parking lot. Started at about 7:20am, summited by 12:30pm, back to car by 4:15pm. Out of 10 people I counted, only 5 summited. 
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Route: Via North Massive
Posted On: 2022-02-12, By: supranihilest
Info: The trench to the east ridge is bomber. I left it shortly after it left the Highline Trail and created my own trench to "North Massive"'s east ridge. Gaining the ridge is steep but easy, I tried sticking to dry ground where possible. I kept my snowshoes on all the way to the summit of "North Massive". From "North Massive" to just below "Massive Green" I wore crampons and used my axe. The descent off "North Massive" is steep, snowy, and approximately Class 3. Beware loose rock. Lots of sidehilling between all three summits, almost always on the west side of the ridge. Once ascending "Massive Green" there's no need for traction for the rest of the route. I used my axe for a snowfield crossing on the descent from Massive proper, but in general the east ridge is very windblown. Snowshoes went back on at treeline and stayed on til I was back at the fish hatchery. Good trench all the way from treeline down. If you're only climbing Massive then just follow the trench and leave your flotation somewhere near the end of the first snowfield in the flats. Flotation mandatory. Traction useful, especially for "North Massive", spikes should be fine. Ice axe mandatory for descent off "North Massive". If only doing Massive east ridge traction and axe probably aren't strictly necessary but there's enough snow that an uncontrolled slip would be bad, so probably good to have. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-10, By: headsizeburrito
Info: Packed trench pretty much all the way from the fish hatchery to treeline. Occasional spots hidden by blown snow but generally easy to find the trench reappearing nearby. At treeline kind of a free for all but you can see your route from there anyway. I wore snowshoes from the hatchery up to a large snow patch just above treeline, did same on way down. East ridge probably 80% bare, can avoid most snow and didn't use traction. Did have one section where I used my axe for safety to cross a 50yd patch of snow on a steep slope, could get around it below if willing to work a little. The hike out on softer snow helped define the trench a bit more. Overall great conditions if you want to get a snowflake! 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-22, By: Coloradokid_
Info: Despite a few inches of over night snow there's a solid trench all the way to tree line (disappears a couple times, but found it again pretty easy). Stashed snowshoes around 12,700' before heading through the notch. From there pretty easy going all the way! 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-15, By: daway8
Info: Remnants of earlier trench have now been turned into a good solid trench up to treeline. Mixed conditions after that - some snow with limited small pockets of ice, some bare ground. Stashed snowshoes around 12,400ft. Some members of our group wore microspikes, some just stuck with boots and did ok but microspikes are probably a good idea. Crampons probably overkill for now. Note that due to steep snowfields, we had a few spots where we were doing class 3 on snowy rocks (might possibly keep it simpler depending on how much effort you put into route finding but we were comfortable on the terrain). If you want Massive, get it while the trench holds! 

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