Mt. Massive / North Halfmoon Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,042' 927 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 14,255' 4,345 m
Low: 11,213' 3,418 m
GradeAvg Grade: 45% (24°)
Max Grade: 64% (33°)
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“A steep trail up the south side of Mt. Massive.”— Tyler Prince
Note: Even though land management says dogs are to be leashed, you'll see many dogs and few leashes.
Walk to the right through the boulder field and continue up a steep but excellent dirt trail, coming to a second boulder field around 11,700 ft. The trail here becomes harder to follow. Again, stay to the right, this time exiting at about 12,000 ft. Turn left around a large rock pile at 12,300, continuing up excellent trail. At 12,900 ft the grade becomes extremely steep as you continue along a set of switchbacks.
From here the trail becomes rocky as well. Stay to the left to avoid climbing one of Massive's offshoot summits instead of its highest point. Come to a notch at 14,000 ft, staying just to the right of the rocks making up the summit ridge. Continue up Mt. Massive Trail along the rocky ridge, traversing the various points and false summits of the massif. You'll come to Mt. Massive Trail on your right as the grade flattens. Turn left on this trail to reach the Mt. Massive summit.