Our Work: CFI completed major trail construction and restoration on Mt. Massive from 2006-2009. Due to annual traffic on this peak, the standard route is maintained regularly by CFI and partner organizations.
Recommended Route Mount Massive Trail Route—use of this route will help to reduce impacts to this Fourteener’s fragile alpine environment. For detailed route information including pictures, maps, and elevation profiles, click here.
Route Information and Additional Resources The trailhead is approximately eleven miles west of Leadville. It is past Halfmoon West Campground, and just west of Elbert Creek Campground. The correct trailhead is Mount Massive-Mount Elbert Trailhead. The route heads north from the trailhead up the well marked Main Range/Colorado Trail. The Mount Massive trail cuts west off the Main Range/Colorado Trail. Follow the trail all the way to the saddle between Mount Massive and South Massive. To minimize environmental impact to the mountain, return the same way; do not shortcut off Mount Massive’s east slopes.
The above information does not replace the need to consult additional maps and Colorado Fourteener Guidebooks for more detailed route descriptions. We suggest checking multiple resources before departing on any hike. Keep in mind that not all guidebooks list this recommended route and that each guidebook’s description or route name may vary slightly.
Peak Specific Environmental and Safety Concerns This area is subject to Wilderness Area regulations: Group size limit is 15. No camping or campfires within 100 feet of trail or streams. Dogs must be leashed at all times. No motorized or mechanical equipment. Multiple trails are developing. Please stay on the most worn trail. Do not step over trail closures as restoration work is in process. Snowfields cover portions of the trail in the Spring. Travel across snowfields until the trail can be regained. Do not travel on fragile alpine vegetation. The route from North Half-moon lakes is very loose, please avoid using this route to protect against further resource damage.