Mt. Massive, Colorado's second tallest peak, is bested only by its near neighbor, Mt. Elbert. From the distance, one can really see just how massive the mountain is.
early morning light on Mt. Elbert, which we saved for the following day
Columbine along the trail
We attempted to touch as many of Mt. Massive's numerous summits above 14,000-feet as our legs would allow. We started with South Massive and worked our way north. Here, Sarah and Nina pose on top of an the enormous block which comprises South Massive's summit.
looking toward the official summit of Mt. Massive, our next objective
Sarah and Nina perched atop Mt. Massive
looking north along Mt. Massive's expansive ridge line, much of which is above 14,000-feet
Massive Green is the summit in the center of the photo, and North Massive is the rocky peak to the left in the background.
self portrait on the summit
looking at North Massive from the summit of Massive Green
Nina and Sarah perched on an exposed section of the ridge
fun scrambling along the final hundred feet to the summit of North Massive
pearing down into the Arakansas River valley
With La Plata in the background, Sarah poses on the summit of North Massive, our fourth (unofficial) summit of the day, all over 14,000-feet.
Andy and Nina posing with Elbert in the background
On this particular day, we were treated to superb weather. Well into the afternoon, the skies showed no signs of thunderstorms. We took our time on the descent, soaking in the scenery.
The hillsides were blanketed with wildflowers...
flowers as far as one can see
Nina taking a break at the side of an alpine lake
picturesque cascade in the creek
This photo was taken at 3:00 P.M., and the skies were still clear and blue!
parting gift of Columbine tops off a spectacular day of a rare, clear afternoon.