How to get there:
The nearby city of Leadville, highest in the US, is a natural
starting point. From there one drives to the trailhead in the
valley between Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. We hiked the
direct route, one should then drive the road as far as
the vehicle or the driver/owner's nerves can tolerate. Route description:
See Mount Massive for the first part of this hike. We climbed Mount Massive,
then traversed along the ridge passing "Massive Green" (another high point on
Mount Massive) and then climbed North Massive. The climb involves scrambling
on large boulders, easy class 3. North Massive has two summits worth a visit.
We subsequently returned back to the saddle. Comments:
I did this climb with Pål Jørgen, age 11. We added this to the
climb of the main summit, descended directly from the saddle between North
Massive and "Massive Green", thus making this hike a nice Tour de Massive.