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4 months ago

A very nice hike, starts under canopy with a moderate ascent thru a series of switchbacks. Elevation is consistent but not overwhelming. you break tree line at about 12000' to some spectacular views. Shortly thereafter you get the first look at your destination. A moderately rocky descent to the Native Lake. Excellent hike with some impressive views.

Long but worth the effort! Amazing views on both sides of the ridge!

hiking
5 months ago

A little muddy in places, bring some waterproof shoes, starts out awesome rainforest like, cross over lots of wildflowers and a skinny waterfall a few times. nNot too steep anywhere except for end down to lake, shaded mostly, great views even if you don't go all the way down to the lake! One of my favorites in Colorado so far! Took us 4 hours and we stopped and turned around at the lake overlook.

This was a great first 14er. It was a bit of a late start- I don't think we reached the trailhead until maybe even 8:30- but luckily the weather held. It is a very challenging hike if you're not used to the elevation, but is well worth it.

Spectacular hike, stunning open fields with wildflowers and open views. Steady approach to an open summit ridge that offered better views then Elbert. Coming from New York it was worth the huffing and puffing.

Beautiful! Loved this hike. Went on a weekday and only saw a handful of other people.

backpacking
5 months ago

Worth the trip. Beautiful.

6 months ago

We went on 7/15/17 and started a little later than we hoped around 7am. We went for the shorter distance trail and views on the way up were completely worth it!

We went in early june which was too early due to snow covering most of the trail which probably added 2 hours to the climb as we kept losing the route.

But the Forrest section is very cool, with a few rivers to cross. And then the last hour going up the peak is very steap and pretty hairy at parts. views at the top we're great and enjoyed every second of the climb.

We started at the trailhead at 5am and didn't see one single person, but again this was June 3rd 2014 and was still very snowy

Started day one with Mt. Elbert summit then hit the Mt. Massive trail early afternoon. We camped at 11,500 and enjoyed a quiet, but cold, night under the stars. Early departure for summit at 4am and enjoyed every aspect of the summit hike. The view from the top of Mt. Massive is spectacular, especially at sunrise. A much different experience than Mt. Elbert, challenging but a great hike. Broke camp at a leisurely pace and on the road by Noon.

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done in Colorado! The open wilderness space was breathtaking with 14'ers all around! The hike itself is not too difficult and we managed it with a 3 year old and 1 year old! There is some area of snow and one area that the trail is actually a small stream right now; however, we were able to find way around! Highly recommend if you are in the area!

Tough hike--one of the harder 14ers. Still quite a bit of snow, so pack appropriately! Waist deep in places.

backpacking
7 months ago

We started at the pine creek trailhead right off of 24, the trail head is on private property so we had to pay to park. From the trail head there is a long relatively flat pine forest, followed by a moderate series of uphills which follow the creek. The trail itself is covered in loose rocks up until the point where it intersects the Colorado Trail, then the trail turns into a grassy meadow which follows the creek. The trail becomes really amazing at this point, in early June the meadow was pretty marshy and wet. We were only able to make it up to about 11,300ft before the snow become too much to deal with.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike but confusing to find the trail head. Drive in on 388 (off of hwy 24 13 miles N of Buena Vista) about 1 mile and then park when you see the 388 marker (see photo). Then walk south from that marker to the trail head. Do not continue to drive east on the dirt road.

In the first week of June there were some areas of the trail snow covered and icy about 1/4 mile before you reach the intersection with the Colorado trail - we had to scramble above these areas on a tough slope that is about 100 feet above the roaring Pine Creek - so you'll want to be careful if hiking the trail in early June.

This still reigns as my favorite hike of all time. Such a gorgeous creation of God. The views from the peak are breathe-taking and even the hike up is lush with so many wild flowers and greenery. I wish I could give this six stars. Absolutely would recommend!

one of my all time favorites. as a flatlander this trail is great, it offers great views and Is lightly traveled. can't recommend this trail enough.

gorgeous, difficult ♡

Friday, September 23, 2016

Wow! Beautiful views, wild flowers, and a stunning lake at the end.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Excellent trail up one side of the mountain and back down to the lake. Very peaceful and not too crowded with awesome views!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Absolutely Beautiful!!
My husband and I have lived in Leadville all our lives. This has to be the most beautiful hike that we have taken.

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