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Aviva North
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HikingBugsRocky

Great hike! Definitely a workout with a steady incline but the meadow at the top makes it all worth it. Very buggy while you’re in the trees at the beginning but clears up throughout day and hike.

JD M.
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Hiking

Gorgeous ascent from the SE TH along the Colorado trail. Beautiful hike.

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Neal Horrom
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HikingRockyScramble

Astonishing, indescribable views from the Massive summit on a beautiful day! I packed in and camped about 1/4 mile past where the Mt Massive trail turns off from the Colorado Trail. I got started, from my camp at 4:00 AM! The last 1,000 feet of elevation gain up to the ridge line was challenging and painful! However, it rewarded me with a glimpse of the view that awaited me at the summit. Wow! This is the best view from a 14er I have experienced so far (done 12)! It’s probably a lot like the view from Elbert which I missed when we got snowed in on the summit last year! There are good water source along the way if you have a filter. The trail is well marked. It felt longer than 7 miles but it’s not! Enjoy!

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Brandy Ringgard
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Hiking

I don’t know why this trail is rated higher. Maybe users want to keep others away? It was gorgeous gorgeous and looked like a fairy tale forest. The trail itself is pretty rocky in places but overall was worth it. Bring great shoes and you’ll be fine.

Jenna Barton
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HikingRockyScramble
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Mallory Petersen
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BugsGreat!RockyScramble

Started around 4am (took the last spot in the lot), summited in 4.5hrs. The first three miles aren't bad at all but it gets progressively harder from there. The wildflowers are blooming beautifully right now. The creek crossings were easy with lower water. There weren't too many people on the trail unlike other 14ers. I'd say it was one of the loveliest ones I've done so far with wonderful views and a scenic trail. The forest looks like a fairytale land to boot. recommend

Jen Obrien
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Great plant life and lots of creek crossings. Well marked, easy to follow. We saw lots of marmots and pikas above 12k. Fun scrambling up to summit

Kayla Meiklejohn
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Hiking

Super scenic trail with lots of shade for the first 3 miles. Not very many people, but parking at the TH is limited. Bring layers for when you get above tree line. Sunrise was jaw dropping and worth the early start. We started at 3:15am and turned around at 7:15am with about 1 mi to go to the summit. I was hoping to summit in 4.5 hours or less due to time constraints, but I think it would take us at least 5 or so hours. Overall, it is a long hike, but still highly recommend.

Ismael Ochoa
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HikingRocky

Very scenic trail. Started at the southwest trailhead around 4:30 AM reached the summit at 10AM. Crossovers can reach the Southwest trailhead watch for oncoming traffic as the road narrows greatly. Not many people compared to the east trail mount massive trailhead. Great weather with no overcast. My 7th fourteener this season & this is far the most scenic with many snow covered mountains surrounding mount massive. Definitely will be coming back to this trail. Bring layers for a chill morning and shorts for the down hike as it gets quite warm!

Wolfgang Stiller
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Hiking

Summer conditions now on the trail but there are some really nice glissades that can be done just below the summit ridge. (Be sure you have self-arrest training before attempting these). The road to the TH is fine for a normal car and there was a grader working on smoothing the road (there were still lots of small pot holes on the ungraded section but these are more of an annoyance than a real problem.

Emily Jury
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Hiking

Awesome job by the trail workers! Their work has made this trail a pretty easy stroll. Recommend this as a first if you’ve never climbed a 14teener. As I say that, I didn’t make the peak...quarter mile shy. The silly 60mph wind gusts that blew my lanky ass over, the whiteout snow, my camelback freezing and zero visibility that all came in a rush of about 15 min, sent me back downhill. Mind you this was a 4am start and I could see that adorable peak by 630am and then poof! It was gone! Oh well, it made for a super day. Now to get a dog to join in the fun

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Clayton Zeimet
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HikingGreat!

I started at the South-East trail early Tuesday morning with my friend. We did NOT make it up. Don't get me wrong, this was a perfect day. Not to cold, not to windy. I work for 911 in the city and literally sit ALL day long, for 8 to 12 hours a day. I've been challenging myself to get more and more active and did not have the physical strength to get all the way up. We made it above treeline and this was my 3rd attempt in my life (2 other attempts 15 years ago when I was in high school). I grew up in Leadville and have done multiple other hikes in/around the area. I remember looking up at this beast of a mountain when I was growing up and wishing I could get to the top. While I didn't make it this time, I do plan to keep trying. Every week I grow a little stronger and eat a little healthier. I get a little more gear each month (nicer). With all of this stuff I'm closer and closer to being able to do these types of hikes. 14+ miles is a lot for a 230lb guy who sits around all day. In total, my apple watch stated that I made it 14.5 miles for the day with all the hiking I did. I plan to return later this year for a 4th attempt. Seriously rad day though.

Julia Robinson
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Hiking

Started the hike at 5AM and summited at 9:30 AM, although my group went relatively slow. The summit was absolutely beautiful along with the scenic hike. The hike is long but worth it! The first five miles is a slow, steady incline (you gain 2k feet in elevation) and the last 2 miles are pretty up hill and tough! The summit was also crowded because many people did the seven mile route but this trail wasn’t crowded.

Chase Halgerson
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HikingRocky

Awesome hike, my first 14ner! Started at 4:30 AM and reached the summit at 9:30. Back down at 2:00 PM. Shaded/wooded the first 3 miles with some streams, then wide open once you get passed the tree line. Little snow on the top, but nothing to be worried about. Girlfriend, myself, and our pup had a great time heading up to 14,428 feet on a very well maintained trail. Pack snacks/lunch and lots of water. Don’t forget a celebratory summit beer too!

Michael Houston
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HikingScrambleSnow

Summited Massive on 6/26. We (4 boys 11-14, and three men from the flatlands) backpacked in 3 miles to the Massive turn off and camped at a great campsite. There were numerous campsites between 2-3.5 miles and are also good water sources at the steam crossings. We started our summit hike a little before 7 am and we're back to camp by 3. Hiked back to the parking lot by 4:30 p.m. Really great trail. A little snow in the last mile but nothing to worry about. Lots of marmots, chipmunks and a mountain goat at the summit! The views are amazing. This was my 15th 14er and it one of the most scenic!

Devin Cann
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Hiking

Definitely recommend this route over the southwest slopes. Beautiful hike and not to bad of an incline.

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Chase Halgerson
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Started the hike at 4:30 AM (still a few spot left in the lot when we started). Submitted at 9:30 (stopped for a breakfast in the first meadow looking up towards the peak) Very straightforward during the Colorado Trail/forest section. A couple of creek crossings, but nothing too crazy. Get's much tougher and steeper when you leave the tree line. Also brought a dog along, and she loved it, passed out as soon as we got back to the car. Absolutely gorgeous and quite a few people up top (it was on a Saturday). Ended up being right around the 14 miles stated. It was my first 14ner and I can't wait to do more!

Katie Lewis
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HikingRockySnow

Hiked 6/22/20, only passed a handful of people. Started at 6:30am and got to the saddle by 11am. Colorado Trail portion was beautiful little trail through the trees and over a couple of streams. Incline increased when you turned to Mt. Massive trail. Wind picked up significantly in the afternoon/when we got to the saddle. We were not able to reach top because the wind blew my dog over close to the edge on either side and I didn’t feel safe continuing. Still snow to cross to reach the summit. Overall a beautiful, but long and challenging hike. Would not recommend as first 14er with dog! Start with an easier one like Bierstadt.

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Nikki W.
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HikingRockySnow

Hiked 6/22/20, starting at around 4 and reaching the top around 9:30. We ended up crossing two pretty big streams and a few smaller ones, but they were easy to cross. Absolutely gorgeous trail, especially once you hit the treeline, and we saw a mountain goat! There was snow on the mountain that we scrambled up pretty high to avoid, but some people just crossed it, which probably saved some time. Pretty windy and cold once you got to around 13,000 feet.

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