Last weekend we camped near Leadville for the weekend and enjoyed a few great hikes. Mt. Massive is the 2nd highest of Colorado's 14ers, just a few feet shy of its neighbor Mt. Elbert. Having done them both I really like the trail up Mt. Massive a lot more. Not nearly as steep and washed out, the trail up Mt. Massive features a lot more flowers. In fact, the photo below is on the ridge at about 14,300 feet and you can see some foliage behind Judy and Darwin.
Marmots, the other white meat:
Below shows the view looking down at Leadville from about 12,500 feet on Mt. Massive. The range behind Leadville is the Mosquito Range.
It was a super clear day but very cold and windy up high. We woke the morning of the hike to crisp 25 degree temps! We timed it just right so we had the summit to ourselves for a few minutes. Just before hitting the summit, a huge group of teenagers with mountaineer helmets was heading down. Turns out they were an Adventure Camp group of some kind visiting from Alabama and I think the temps and view from the top really astounded them.
My parents had done the climb a few days earlier and ran into Tony K. He did the ascent in 1:28. Judy and I also did it in 1:28, but we started our watch much closer to the summit!