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|2016-12-03||Route: East Ridge
Info: Only a few inches of snow on the east ridge. Microspikes/crampons optional; I used none, only mountaineering boots. Numerous hikers summited today. Only windy on the final summit ridge but tolerable and relatively warm temperatures.
|2016-11-25||Route: East Ridge
Info: There was snow on almost all of the route during my ascent, especially above treeline. In some of the deeper sections there were already footprints to follow, but many of them were very slippery and tended to collapse. I did not use my spikes on the way up, but I probably should have. On the descent, the spikes were definitely very helpful as the increased traffic had caused a lot of the well-defined steps to disintegrate into a huge mess. By the time I got back to treeline it seemed like a lot of the snow down there was melting, so there will probably be a lot less snow down there in the future. I did not need snowshoes anywhere, but I would highly recommend microspikes.
|2016-11-23||Route: West Ridge
Info: Went up the west ridge from the dam, then down the east ridge. West ridge approach has some deep snow before the saddle. We opted against flotation. Gaiters highly recommended. West Ridge proper has less snow, but enough to make things spicy in a few spots. Added crampons for the last bit. East ridge descent trail has a bit of snow, but still soft - not windscoured. Traction would be good, but not mandatory.
|2016-11-20||Route: East Ridge
Info: summer trailhead is still open and dry. Dry through most of the trees, patchy snow above treeline...couple of slick spots but nothing major. hiked in trail runners, no spikes. not sure how relevant this will be after the snow tomorrow though .
|2016-11-12||Route: East Ridge
Info: Trail dry most of the way to the summit. Some avoidable icy spots higher up.
|2016-11-11||Route: East Ridge
Info: We hiked Quandary Peak on Friday, November 11th, 2016, veterans day! We couldn't have asked for more beautiful conditions. Trailhead was in perfect condition - easy to park, no snow, ice, or mud. It was sunny, very little wind, hardly any ice, and just a bit of snow and ice at the top, and very little mud to speak of.
|2016-11-05||Route: East Ridge
Info: The route was dry first thing in the morning but by 10am it had a coating of snow. Most of the snow will melt throughout the early week but expect some slick sections.
|2016-11-02||Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Info: Ascent: Cristo Couloir AKA South Gully Little to no ice. No snow at all, even in the gut of the gully which made for more difficult travel on the mass of loose rock Descent:Traditional Quandary Peak Trail Patches of snow, nothing that required any precaution besides stepping around the patches. A very limited amount of clear ice here and there, but nothing that really required micro spikes. *equipment used: none. Not even micro spikes were necessary
|2016-10-30||Route: East Ridge
Info: Started 0545 and back to the TH 0915. Did not light up till 0700. Trail was snow free. Extremely windy and cold on the final stretch so bring layers. Outlet tube of water pack totally frozen up, so was without water for couple hours. Also watch for slippery frosted rock surfaces.
|2016-10-28||Route: East Ridge
Info: Quandary was practically snow free today. Of course that could change quickly this time of the year.
|2016-10-26||Route: East Ridge
Info: Beautiful, nearly windless day. 3 hours up, 2 down. Brought traction but wasn't necessary at all. A few tiny patches of snow but no ice.
|2016-10-15||Route: East Ridge
Info: Beautiful day; forecasted wind never really materialized except for a gust here and there. Trail was mostly dry with a few snowy spots along and above the flat of the ridge. Brought spikes but didn't need them.
|2016-10-02||Route: West Ridge
Info: Above 13,000' there was a layer of frost where the sun haven't had a chance to thaw out the rock. I used my microspikes in one spot to go across small snow patch (no more than 20'). If weather allows, definitely recommend getting a later start. Class 3 sections weren't slippery, but having warmer temperatures will definitely help.
|2016-09-28||Route: East Ridge
Info: Left from trail head somewhere between 7:30 and 8:00AM and it took us about 2:45 to reach the summit. No snow. Weather was great. Winds were picking up on descent which took about 1:40. Ran into 4 or 5 people on the summit and about 20 on trail.
|2016-09-26||Route: East Ridge
Info: Beautiful clear day. Temperature at trailhead 27 at 8:00 am. Summit temperature 48 at 11:15 am.
|2016-09-10||Route: East Ridge
Info: We started the hike at around 5:30 AM. The road to actual trail parking lot was closed; so we parked at the overflow parking lot. Weather was very pleasant. It was quite windy up the mountain and pretty cold at the peak, so be prepared for it. No Snow at all, so no need of any traction or snow boots. Saw beautiful sunrise, some fall color along the tree line hike, low lying clouds, mountain goat along the trail, overall a very easy and beautiful hike. Come in early for better parking, as we could see cars parked along the road when we came back from the hike. The trail was very crowded this weekend, seems like one of the popular peak. All in all, an easy hike with a beautiful view.
|2016-09-04||Route: East Ridge
Info: Route early in the AM had the "usual"... high wind, sleet, some snow. Peak was actually fairly dry and once clouds cleared, great visibility.
|2016-08-31||Route: East Ridge
Info: There was an inconsequential amount of snow on the mountain and no ice on the tallus. It was relatively close to summer condition, with some old/packed snow...relatively cold at the summit.
|2016-08-28||Route: East Ridge
Info: We started at 6am with good weather, slightly overcast. Some snow and ice near summit. Arrived on top just before 10am (I'm slow) and stayed there for 10 min., in that time the clouds came in and it started to snow heavily. Attached pic is very close to summit. Halfway down the weather improved and sun actually came out. I arrived at trailhead at 12:30pm.
|2016-08-27||Route: East Ridge
Info: Last 900ft to the summit had some snow. Not too bad and passable. The summit had snow on it as well