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Mount Massive - Standard Route, CO

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CO > South Central
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 13.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,071 feet
Elevation Gain 4,354 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,602 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6-8 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 36.31
Interest Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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22  2017-07-21 lindaagm
25  2017-07-17
Mount Massive via Halfmoon Lakes
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7  2016-07-10 DallinW
7  2016-07-10 friendofThunderg
17  2014-07-16 azdesertfather
4  2013-06-22 hhwolf14
14  2012-08-27 BobP
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → Early
Seasons   Late Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  6:49am - 4:51pm
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Nearby Area Water
Halfmoon Creek to Clear Creek Road - CT #11
0.0 mi away
21.5 mi
Mount Elbert NE Ridge - Standard Route
Mount Elbert NE Ridge - Standard Route
0.4 mi away
9.0 mi
4,700 ft
Mount Massive Trail #1487
2.0 mi away
3.7 mi
3,374 ft
Mount Massive via Halfmoon Lakes
Mount Massive via Halfmoon Lakes
2.4 mi away
6.3 mi
4,032 ft
North Halfmoon Lakes Trail #1485
2.4 mi away
2.6 mi
1,570 ft
South Willow Creek Trail #1486
2.7 mi away
2.0 mi
702 ft
Mount Elbert South Trail
3.5 mi away
4.3 mi
3,940 ft
Rock Creek Trail - Leadville
4.8 mi away
1.9 mi
514 ft
Rock Creek Dam Trail
5.0 mi away
1.0 mi
237 ft
Twin Lakes Trail #1482
5.2 mi away
2.1 mi
1,266 ft
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3rd Highest Peak!
by imike

Mt. Massive, oriented immediately north of Colorado's highest peak, Mt. Elbert, offers either a great alternative or nice complimentary hike to that state high pointer adventure. The main route shares the trailhead with Mt. Elbert's north route approach.


The Mt. Massive Wilderness area requires a non-fee permit, available at the trailhead. The standard trailhead is easily accessible by regular car a short drive out of Leadville.

This Peak is the 3rd Highest peak in the lower 48 states and a very popular weekend and holiday destination. This standard route provides a steady challenge. Be prepared for the typical issues relating to high elevations, and expect the summertime late afternoon thunbdershowers. Early starts are always a great idea for hikes of this nature.

The top ridge on this massive mountain includes a number of points over 14,000', false summits. You can score multiple 14'rs all in a single hike!

Of the two hikes, Mt, Massive provides the nicer views than Mt. Elbert, with Mt. Elbert being a goodly portion of the dramatic vistas from Mt. Massive. While it is hard to pass up the opportunity to score the state's highest peak, the trek up Mt. Massive, especially from the upper trailhead, is a nicer outing. If you are in great shape, consider the hike using the upper trail from Halfmoon Lakes... very steep, much shorter, and all nice.

imike
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    From Leadville, follow hiway 24 south a few miles to Rd 300, turning right. Follow 300 a bit over a mile to Rd 11 (110 on the Topo Maps). Turn left following the signs towards Halfmoon Campgrounds. The paved road switches to dirt and gravel, but remains easily driveable. Pass the Halfmoon Campgrounds. Follow the signs to the Trailhead. The Mt Elbert trailhead is reached first, on your left, labeled as overflow parking for Mt. Massive trail. 100 yds further down on your right will be the main trailhead parking.
    page created by imike on Sep 06 2010 6:32 am
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