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|2016-02-13||Route: East Ridge
Info: There hasn‘t been any snow on Quandary for about a week and a half, so the trail is a very well defined hard-packed trench all the way to the summit. Or just follow all the dog crap cairns and frozen urine. Seriously, it‘s like one big public restroom up there right now. No snow shoes are necessary, but microspikes are essential. For some reason, as you emerge from the tree line, the well beaten path takes a sharp right (north) turn, which is odd because the actual trail goes exactly the opposite direction. Oh well, it all leads to the same place. Lots of people hauled skis and snowboards up Quandary today, but the conditions looked horrible for that. Not nearly enough snow, and very icy. They didn‘t look like they were having much fun.
|2016-02-06||Route: East Ridge
Info: Despite all the recent snow, there was a well-defined and relatively hard-packed trench from the parking lot until the trees become more disperse. Microspikes are highly recommended for this first section. From there, I found no tracks at all because the wind had erased them. Snowshoes were absolutely essential from that point until the first level spot, where there was a lot of exposed rock. I did fine without snowshoes from that point on, but I turned back just short of the false summit because one of my mittens blew away, so I can‘t comment on conditions higher than that. There were about fifty people behind me, and they packed down the trail that I blazed through the powder so much that I didn‘t need snowshoes at all during my descent. I still recommend bringing snowshoes though, because there‘s no telling how much drifting snow has been deposited by the wind. This was my second trip to Quandary this winter, and both times the trail completely disappeared in the same place. There must be something about the way the snow gets deposited that covers people‘s tracks there.
|2016-02-04||Route: East Ridge
Info: Did the East Ridge today on touring skis. Deep snow down below treeline (some guy behind us postholed all the way up on foot when we were coming down). Harder packed up top (and not very deep snow anyways). No avalanches seen on Quandry, but you could hear the "thumps" of snow settling all around.
|2016-01-24||Route: East Ridge
Info: Trail is well-packed until you leave the trees, then it fumbles around a bit with several short-cuts zigzagging the apparent main trail. The trail clears up after a few hundred yards and is stable to the summit. Snowshoes not required but microspikes and trek poles were very useful. Summited at 11am, peak temp was subzero with windchill: intermittent clouds and snow.
|2016-01-23||Route: East Ridge
Info: Weather was perfect with fairly minor wind throughout the day. Trail is snow packed for the most part, but there was some post-holing that will definitely warrant snowshoes in the coming weeks.
|2016-01-22||Route: East Ridge
Info: There‘s a solid trench to tree line and from 12k to the summit, the ridge has a snow-packed trail.
|2016-01-13||Route: East Ridge
Info: Trail is hard packed snow the entire way, but I lost the trail near the tree line ascending and descending because it just kind of disappears for a bit. It looks like people must have scattered at that point. Finding it again wasn‘t too hard though. MicroSpikes are highly recommended. Cramp-ons would probably have helped for the final stretch, but they aren‘t necessary.
|2016-01-10||Route: East Ridge
Info: Microspikes all the way unless you step off the packed trail.
|2016-01-04||Route: East Ridge
Info: Perfect weather. Would recommend microspikes and either trekking poles or ice axe just for the balance. Few groups with out them and they looked miserable on the way down. Snow shoes not needed at all.
|2016-01-02||Route: East Ridge
Info: Trail is well blazed entire way. Traction device of some kind would definitely help. Snow all the way to summit with varying degrees of pack. Snowshoes could be nice above tree line but doable with microspikes.
|2015-12-09||Route: East Ridge
Info: Trail is obvious and well packed to treeline. Normal drifts just above then wind blown. No snowshoes needed but micro spikes were helpful on the descent.
|2015-12-05||Route: East Ridge
Info: After failing to reach the blue lakes trail head I decided to go up Quandary‘s East ridge during a break in the clouds Saturday morning. Trail had a great boot pack through the trees up to the ridge line where it was a mix of wind packed snow and rock. The last couple hundred feet had a bit of unconsolidated snow but nothing that made me regret leaving the snowshoes in the car. Spikes were helpful near the very top and for the descent. I started around 8am and the snow was still solid from the night before. By 10:30am on the way down I was sinking a bit in the portion just above treeline. It was a chilly summit so be prepared for the no exposed skin rule if the temperature is low or the wind picks up. Limited picture visibility but attached is a picture of the "typical" terrain conditions up most of the ridge.
|2015-11-14||Route: East Ridge
Info: Beautiful day on Quandary. Trail is pretty well packed and easy to follow all the way to the summit. Snowshoes are not needed, and I did not use microspikes either, though many others were using them. Some parts of the trail below treeline were muddy and slushy by afternoon, and there are a few spots above treeline where the snow is deep, but there are plenty of footsteps you can use to get through those spots. The goats were out to welcome hikers - even a baby. And not terribly busy for a Saturday either - all around a great day.
|2015-11-09||Route: East Ridge
Info: Quandary‘s east ridge is still doable without snowshoes but microspikes are helpful, especially on the upper route. There‘s a well-defined track from the trailhead to the summit. The 851 road is snow-covered but, for now, 2wd vehicles can make it to the summer trailhead.
|2015-10-25||Route: East Ridge
Info: Weather was perfect - snow from trail head to summit on the way up, with a few spots that were patchy, dry, or rocky. Had turned to mud for some sections by the time I made it back down. Was maybe 20s when starting right at sunrise, summit was probably in the 10s with the wind chill, most of the way was warm and calm - only needed a softshell and thin gloves to stay comfortable other than at the summit. Trail was packed down the whole way, postholed up to shins or so near the top if you went off trail. Would recommend gaiters and microspikes - but could probably do it without if you really wanted to (and saw others doing just that). Was my first 14er this late in the season - really can‘t reccomend it enough if you‘re on the fence, just bring extra layers and go for it! Took ~5 hours from TH to TH, but at a fairly easy pace. Compared to summer, it was about an hour and a bit longer for me.
|2015-10-13||Route: East Ridge
Info: The hike up Quandry was absolutely beautiful. The trail was clear, no snow or ice anywhere, there wasn‘t a cloud in the sky, and there was no wind at the summit. Because it was mid-week in October, there were only a half dozen people on the entire trail.
|2015-10-09||Route: East Ridge
Info: Perfect weather. Very little traffic at 5am. Small parking area was "full" as it only fits a handful of vehicles but I had no trouble parking my truck there while still allowing the other vehicles room to get out. Clear trail all the way up to the summit. You will see snow where the mountain is shaded only. Took us about 3.5 hours to summit but I brought a friend to do her 1st 14er. No snow gear needed. Heavy traffic on the way down was a bummer but it was Friday around rush hour. Can‘t win them all! Great hike though!
|2015-09-25||Route: East Ridge
Info: I drove up to the trail head from Broomfield, CO. I left my house at 4:00 am and arrived about 6:00 am. I did not know where the trail head was so my GPS took me to the over flow lot. It was empty at 6:00. It was still dark so I used my head lamp until about 6:40. I took the short trail from the over flow lot and turned right to go up the road. I was not sure where the next lot was but lucky for me I went the correct way and found the actual trail. At 6:15 there was already 8 cars at the main trail head with all the actual parking spots taken. The trail is well marked from the parking area. About a hour into my hike I began to come upon the other hikers on the trail. I hiked 13 14ers last summer and 5 this summer. Quandary is listed as one of the easier hikes. I think the reason for this is that the trail is a steady climb but not super steep. You gain a lot of elevation, over 1000ft per mile but it is not steep. Until you leave tree line the trail is mostly dirt with some rock. Once you leave tree line it gets rocky for most of the trail. There is one section near the false summit where the rocks get fairly big but other than this the rocks are not huge that you have to climb. I would not consider this a good "first climb" mountain but overall it was a nice hike. It took me about 3 hours to summit and 2 hours to descend. I did hike with my dog, a border collie, and she did great. We did not see any goats on our hike. As usual, the view from the summit is spectacular and makes the hike more than worth it.
|2015-09-06||Route: Inwood Arete
Info: Climbed the Inwood Arete on Quandary‘s North side on Aug. 28- but wanted to provide a shot of the ridge from Pacific‘s Peak East Ridge on 09/06/2015. Took a variation that appeared to have a couple low class 5 moves. After the first two pitches, route is lovely, lovely class 3/4 scrambling to the ridge. Nice rock.
|2015-09-03||Route: East Ridge
Info: Set out to climb my second fourteener with my two teenage daughters. Arrived at the trailhead just after 6:00am, with concerns about bad weather in the forecast for late morning. Cloudy but not stormy looking. Trailhead was not crowded early on a Thursday. By the time we cleared the trees we had much better light and conditions looked okay. This was my daughter‘s first fourteener and they were a bit surprised at the grade and the overall size of the mountain. First encountered the goats as we broke the trees, a mom and baby. The mother seemed wary of us but not intimidating like I have heard several people describe previously. In fact, on the shallower portion of the ridge, another goat ambled along in front of us for a long stretch, occasionally looking back as if guiding us up the mountain. He eventually veered off after we reached the much steeper part of the ridge. By the time we reached the steeper portion some light rain/sleet was falling and temps had dropped considerably. We knew that what we could see from below was a false summit but it was still discouraging to see how much we still had left after reaching it. We actually made very good time on the top portion and reached the top in just over three hours amidst light snow. Our summit party soon grew to around fifteen climbers as many groups were just behind us all the way up. Descent was tricky with the wet conditions making the talus very slick. This was my first hike/climb using trekking poles and I would recommend them for the stability they provide on rocky sections.