- Date Hiked: July 9, 2004
- Miles Hiked: 8.7
- Elevation Gain: 4,630'
- Hiking Partner(s): None
- I left Denver at 3:45 am and was hiking from the North Halfmoon Creek Trailhead
at 6:25 am. The last two miles of the road were a little
rough, but I never used 4WD. Other than these two miles, passenger
cars can make it to the lower trailhead very easily. If I was
going to hike another 14er, I thought I'd attempt Roach's Tour de
Massive (9.4EC) and tag the four named summits above 14,000'. I
took a look at Point 14,169', but it was unappealing and I wasn't
feeling good anyway.
- The hike next to Halfmoon Creek was enjoyable, but the trail eventually
petered out at 13,000'. I caught a couple of cairns after this,
but the route was obvious so I didn't pay much attention. Once in
the basin to the west of Massive, I made an ascending traverse to the
south ridge below North Massive. You can't go directly up the
ridge because of some cliffs and a tower that would require technical
climbing. After making it to North Massive, you simply get on the
roller coaster ridge to the southeast towards Mount Massive. The class 3 climbing between
North Massive and Saddle 14,060' was nominal and not difficult to
negotiate. In order to reach South Massive and return to the North
Halfmoon Creek Trailhead via the Southwest Slopes Route (9.3), I did
have to backtrack a short distance. Other than this it was a loop
- On the way back down the South Slope Route, I ran into a crew that was
rebuilding the trail. When I came off the saddle, I felt like I
was back in the Lost River Range of Idaho sliding down the scree, talus,
and loose rock. They said the trail should be complete by the end
of the summer. It will likely be redirected through the rock and
cliff bands to the northwest of Saddle 13,900'.
- Additional Statistics: I can't remember the last time I felt so
terrible on a hike. Unlike Stella, I just couldn't get my groove
back. I have found that I often underestimate ridge hikes, but
my problems started before the ridge. Anyway, I simply used the
statistics from Roach's book for this hike and the chart below
reconciles to them. The individual mileage distances are not
likely exact. I started at 6:25 am and was back at the trailhead
by 1:00 pm for a total trail time of 6 hours and 35 minutes.
- South Slopes Trail Junction (00:35)
- Bench above North Halfmoon Lakes/12,500' (1:30)
- North Massive (3:25)
- Massive Green (4:10)
- Mount Massive (4:35)
- South Massive (5:20)
- Back at Trailhead (6:35)
||N. Halfmoon Cr. Trailhead - N. Massive
||N. Massive - N. Massive/Massive Green Saddle
||N. Massive/Massive Green Saddle - Massive Green
||Massive Green - Massive Green/Mt. Massive Saddle
||Massive Green/Mt. Massive Saddle - Mt. Massive
||Mt. Massive - Mt. Massive/S. Massive Saddle
||Mt. Massive/S. Massive Saddle - S. Massive
||S. Massive - Mt. Massive/S. Massive Saddle
||Mt. Massive/S. Massive Saddle - Trailhead
||Cumulative Elevation Gain/Grade/Miles
- Click here
to view a 2D
map of the area where this hike is located.
- This is essentially where the trail disappears. You can see the
tower of rock and why you can't gain the ridge to North Massive
immediately. From this point, you head to
the right to get into the basin to the west of Mount Massive.
- The basin to the south of North Massive.
I gained the ridge on the left before the snow fields.
- Mount Elbert in the background with the
technical section of the ridge below me.
- Looking from North Massive over Massive Green
to Mount Massive. South Massive is hidden behind Mount Massive.
- A photo of the approach towards North Halfmoon
Creek to the southwest.
- The traditional summit photo.
- From left to right, South Massive, Mount
Massive, Massive Green, and North Massive.