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3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,316' 1,011 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 14,397' 4,388 m
Low: 11,081' 3,377 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)

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The standard route up Mt. Massive, this is an easier but longer hike.

Tyler Prince

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Halfmoon Creek Rd, providing access to the Colorado Trail, Mt. Massive, and Mt. Elbert, is generally closed in winter, often as much as 5 miles below the trailhead.

Description

Access this trail by hiking from the Mount Massive Trailhead (just a few hundred yards from the Mt. Elbert Trailhead). Continue north on the Colorado Trail for about 3.5 miles before turning left to access this trail at 11,300 ft.

Continue a quarter mile up a hill before coming to a clearing at 11,600 ft. Continue up through some willows, traversing PT 12,466. The grade will level out briefly as the Massive massif comes into view to the west.

Reach the saddle between Mt. Massive's summit ridge and South Massive. Here you may see hikers coming up the Mt. Massive/North Halfmoon Trail. Stay right of the ridge crest and complete a 1/2 mile of class 2+ ridge scrambling to gain the summit.

Flora & Fauna

After breaking through a coniferous forest, expect to spend the day among pika and marmots. The wildflowers in this area are stunning and thrive as high as 14,000 ft.

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Jun 21, 2018
Drew Estes
Jun 15, 2018
Graeme Dunn
Jun 9, 2018
Jonathon Johnson
With Nikki
Jul 18, 2017
Zack Allen
Jul 10, 2008
Karl W
Jun 9, 2006
Tony S

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