Seriously, though, just take a look at the map on this site, pick one and go. In April you're bound to have some company along the trail. Right off of I-70 you've got Greys/Torreys, and not much further out of the way are Bierstadt/Evans, Quandry, the rest of the mosquitos...your best bet is to look at the map and pick a few options, then a few days before you're coming to CO check out this site and look for recent trip reports.
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The on-off nature of spring snow, especially this year, makes
the danger particularly high - many incidents and deaths recently.
I'd recommend the low avy-approach on Quandry
for someone unfamiliar with Colorado mountains.
Its 30 minutes south of the Frisco I-70 exit
on a winter-maintained road.
Thats not all that much longer a drive compared
to getting up the Beirstadt or Grays trilhead at this time
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briancolopy wrote:How is Quandary for climb on Saturday? I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance.
Are you talking this Saturday or any saturday? Pretty much, just follow up the line of people until you get to the top. Do not get off trail. This mountain has one of the highest Search and rescue numbers because the standard ridge route is easy but there are some more trecharous areas on that mountain.
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We boot-pack Mary Jane in December to stabilize the snow and prepare the slopes for safe skiing.
Isn't the east ridge on Quandary essentially boot-packed all year long?
Quandary is a good bet in most conditions untill you're totally bored of it. Until then, go ahead and add to the veritable wealth of accumulating TR's.
Seriously, it's a great back-up plan if you must stand at 14,000 feet in snow conditions.
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Holy Cross. Not far at all off the Denver-Fruita route, it's a fabulous sight to behold. However, it will take planning, especially during snow season.
Observe RoanMtnMan's 7 P's and it will be the "Pinnacle" of your trip. (Proper Preparation and Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.)
Torrey's is fun, too.
If you're into Fruita, you're probably bringing the bikes. A little later in the year, maybe you can bike Evans? I did a bike race up Evans over 20 years ago, not sure of current status - but something to consider for a future trip. Come to think of it, I may do that this summer - "Our Peak" - (Pikes) - they'll only let you bike the descent, and only if you pay a company $50. ("Progress" is over-rated...)
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