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Mt. Massive Trail



3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
51% Runnable


Ascent: 3,316' 1,011 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 14,397' 4,388 m
Low: 11,081' 3,377 m


Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)


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The standard route up Mt. Massive, this is an easier but longer run.

Tyler Prince

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Halfmoon Creek Rd, providing access to the Colorado Trail, Mt. Massive, and Mt. Elbert, is generally closed in winter, often as much as 5 miles below the trailhead.

Runner Notes

Although rocky and in some parts steep, Mt. Massive Trail provides means for an excellent run. Fast runners should expect 3-4 hrs round trip.


Access this trail by running from the Mount Massive Trailhead (just a few hundred yards from the Mt. Elbert Trailhead). Continue north on the Colorado Trail for about 3.5 miles before turning left to access this trail at 11,300 ft.

Continue a quarter mile up a hill before coming to a clearing at 11,600 ft. Continue up through some willows, traversing PT 12,466. The grade will level out briefly as the Massive massif comes into view to the west.

Reach the saddle between Mt. Massive's summit ridge and South Massive. Here you may see runners coming up the Mt. Massive/North Halfmoon Trail. Stay right of the ridge crest and complete a 1/2 mile of class 2+ ridge scrambling to gain the summit.

Flora & Fauna

After breaking through a coniferous forest, expect to spend the day among pika and marmots. The wildflowers in this area are stunning and thrive as high as 14,000 ft.

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Aug 20, 2017
Aimee Crittendon
Jul 21, 2017
Daniel Kinney
Completed with a run that included a summit of Mt. Elbert first @ 6.5mi — 3h 03m

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View from Mt. Massive's summit on a summer day.
Mar 5, 2015 near Leadvil…, CO
Mt. Elbert and the false summit on its standard route can be clearly seen from near treeline on Mt. Massive.
Oct 27, 2017 near Leadvil…, CO
A view of the Massive massif from Mt. Massive Trail.
Mar 5, 2015 near Leadvil…, CO
A hiker scrambles on some Sawatch rock on a cold winter day.
Mar 5, 2015 near Leadvil…, CO


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