As you may already know, Mount Massive is the second highest peak in the Colorado Rockies. At one time it was thought to be the highest peak, but a later survey determined that the nearby Mount Elbert was slightly higher. Mount Massive, however, will always reign supreme in one respect. As its name suggests, the sheer volume of the mountain is far larger than any other fourteener in Colorado. The huge massif contains some 300 acres of land above the 14,000-foot level, including two other nearby peaks, South Massive and North Massive that rise to 14,132 feet and 14,340 feet respectively. The other two peaks are not officially classified as stand-alone fourteeners, however, because the connecting saddles between them and the main summit are not quite 300 feet lower in elevation, as tradition demands.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||4,380 ft|
|Skill Level||The trail is well maintained for the first 61 miles.|
|Season||Midsummer through mid-fall. The higher parts of the trail are usually covered with snow from November through early July.|
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