Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Mt Massive Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My absolute favorite 14er hike that I've done so far. Beautiful alpine wilderness. Would do this again in a heartbeat.

Lots of mountain goats

hiking
9 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
9 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
10 months ago

Worth the trip. Beautiful.

10 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
11 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
11 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.

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

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!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ive only lived in CO for 2 years, so there is still a lot to see, but this hike was probably the most beautiful hike i've ever done in my life. When we got to the tundra i actually almost cried because it was so breathtaking! The hike wasn't very hard, the altitude made me struggle more than the actual hike. You gain over 1000ft in elevation on switchbacks that are not very steep. There was only 1 stretch on the beginning of the switchbacks that made my stomach turn because of the skinny trail and huge drop (lol)! The drive up on the pass to the parking area freaked me out a little because my husband likes to drive too close to the edge and i was beginning to wonder if there was even going to be room for parking, but alas we found it! It was beautiful and i will definitely do it again!

Beautiful hike! Long approach around the skirts of the mountain through the woods then a straight ascent to the ridge. Amazing views of all the wilderness to the west. I saw mountain goats! So many wildflowers as well. July 18th.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A beautiful hike into a lovely area. After about mile 6 however, campsites were hard to find due to a lack of flat areas.

hiking
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Favorite climb to this point in my climbing career. Really enjoyed this day. The valley is spectacular with lots of streams, trees, boulders and views. The day was magnificent so I stayed on the summit by myself for 45 minutes. Quite an adventure.

camping
Friday, November 20, 2015

Hiked this trail in Early October 2015 with my girlfriend who is very new to backpacking. The ins and outs have been covered here as far as the fee for crossing private property etc. but one thing I must add to the previous reviews is how varied the little "forest villages" are as you progress up the trail. While you may be on this trail to get to the 14ers , I implore you to take your time and notice how the ecosystems change literally from one large swale to the next. As you gain elevation, you will begin to anticipate the large leveled valley ahead which affords expansive views of some cool mountains, Mount Emerald being my personal fave. Lot of campsites, and plenty of water for your filtering pleasure.

A great place to explore and the trail winds all the way to the Missouri Basin, past an old cabin, and several waterfalls, meadows, vistas. Take your time, be nice, and leave no trace. And if you see some litter, go ahead and grab it, it's good karma.

hiking
Sunday, September 27, 2015

one of my very favorite 14ers, completed 8/31/15. started at 430a and finished at 11a, included 15-30min stop at the summit.

hiking
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Awesome hike a little tough getting up to the top over looking Native Lake but well worth it. This trail has three points of interest and can take you all the way to the base of Mt Massive where there is two beaver pounds or just down to the Lake itself and back so the Mile listing out and back can vary.

hiking
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Great hike that goes through about three different types of terrain/biome. 3rd weekend of July in 2015 I counted 14 different species of plants that were flowering. The creek was vigorous, but not high, though it looked like it had been at flood stages the week before. The trail was not crowded (and only 9 cars at the trailhead on a Saturday). The first half mile crosses private property and they ask for $1 per person or $2 per dog or horse to be left in an envelope at the trailhead. The trail starts out on an old road with drier soil, scrub brush, and conifers probably about 20 years old. A little over a mile and half the road becomes a narrower trail and the forest thickens and is probably between 80-100 years old. Eventually the trail enters the wilderness and meets up with and crosses the Colorado trail. There are many camp spots here, (although you can find spots all along the trail, so there is no concern about finding a good place). Past this point the trail follows the creek through wide meadows with beaver dams (there are definitely fish too). There are some old cabins in places. Overall an enjoyable trail with wildflowers, views, some wildlife, and not a lot of people. I will probably do this trail again in the future. Look at the map for the road to the trailhead. It is County Road 288 and is right off of HWY 24, which is different from the directions in the listing. If it's important to you, you can get a cell signal at the high point about 3 miles in (N38 58.128', W106 14.903') for ATT or TMo and there are places to camp nearby. After this, no cell signal for the rest of the trail.

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