Mount Massive

If the Sawatch Range is the backbone of the Rockies, then Mount Massive is at the crest.  It is second in the state in height only to its neighbor, Mount Elbert. In 1901 it came very close to being renamed and thus becoming the country’s second highest Mount McKinley.


Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Contact: Marc Buttler at ext. 1970

Route: North Halfmoon Creek – Southwest Face

Effort: 8-mile round trip with 3,950-foot gain

Time: Leave the trailhead at 8AM. The drive from Boulder is approximately 3 hours.

Place: To get there, head west on I-70 to Copper Mountain.  Exit on highway 91 and proceed over Fremont Pass to Leadville.  Then continue south on highway 24 for 3 miles to where the road really turns south at Malta and Colorado road 300. Head west on road 300 for 1 mile.  Turn south on FR 11/110.  Follow Halfmoon Creek and signs to Halfmoon Campground for 5 miles.  Continue on another 3.5 miles past the campground (and the Mount Elbert trailhead) to the Mount Massive trailhead at a fork in the road before crossing North Halfmoon Creek.

Round trip from Boulder should take less than 14 hours (assuming 6 total hours of driving).

What to Bring:

  • Water! (2-4 quarts per person)
  • Food (lunch and snacks)
  • Cool clothing
  • An extra layer of warm clothing and jacket
  • Poncho/rain gear
  • Comfortable and robust footwear
  • First aid kit
  • Day pack
  • A hearty grin
  • A hungry heart