Quandary Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-18, By: Paterclimber
Info: Hiked from 0530-1130. Temperature was just above freezing at the trailhead, but felt no wind until treeline. From that point, it got gustier and colder all the way to the summit, which we reached at 0815. With the wind chill, the temperature was probably in the single digits by 13,000'. Sunrise at 7:18 helped warm things up, but it didn't burn through the clouds until closer to 0900. If the forecast is cooperative, I recommend a later start by at least an hour to take advantage of the warmth of daylight for a more comfortable hike. No snow or ice anywhere on the trail. We saw at least 50 other hikers. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-14, By: nathanwarren715
Info: Super, super windy. Dangerous at the top. Hardly any snow on the trail and very uncrowded (maybe saw 20-25 people the whole time). Nice day except the wind made it hard to summit. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-10, By: snigrus
Info: Beautiful Saturday morning, could not have asked for better conditions. 45 and sunny at the top, no snow to speak of. Pretty crowded but to be expected for a Saturday. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-10, By: Alpinefroggy
Info: Me and 300 other of my fellows enjoyed a smokeless windless day up on quandary. Mid October on a Saturday is still packed with people. Do not do this hike unless on a weekday unless on with crowds. Also saw lots of inexperienced hikers on this trail and handed out water and excedrin. This ain't an easy hike people. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-10, By: Ironmike563
Info: Great day for climbing, no wind and sunny. Encounted approximately 40 climbers and 3 sheep. A large fire to the north exploded while we were there. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-09, By: ssowalskie
Info: The peak is still very clear, with no snow on the mountain. Thankfully, the crowds are starting to lessen as we head into fall and winter. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-10, By: Godfreyhom
Info: Perfect weather. Cloudless and cold morning high 30s at trailhead, sunny and very little wind all the way to the top. Probably no more than a 100 people on the whole mountain... 5 people on the summit at 12:00pm. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: Rickalbanese
Info: Parked right at trailhead at 9:30am although there was 10-15 cars. Perfect weather for me. Had mid range winter gloves, nano puff and a merino wool long sleeve. Buff or hat recommended. Really not crowded at summit like 6 people. 
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Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: thebeave7
Info: Completely dry, no snow holding on thre south face. Still just a scree slog. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: jyager
Info: Hiked Quandary. I was concerned about snow/ice so I brought micro-spikes. There is very little snow and ice. Didn't need my spikes. The conditions were a little smoky but otherwise very pleasant. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: BenR
Info: Trail is mostly clear of snow. In areas where there is snow it is of no issue. Very patchy. No traction required 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-16, By: BenR
Info: Trail is mostly clear of snow. In areas where there is snow it is of no issue. Very patchy. No traction required 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: ssides
Info: Great weather all day, a little cold at the top but otherwise perfect. There's essentially no snow below 12k, and no significant accumulation above. The trail above 13k has lots of packed ice/snow on the trail, spikes were nice but not necessary. I did it in cross-trainers, no boots needed. Lots of people out on Sunday. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: ssides
Info: Great weather all day, a little cold at the top but otherwise perfect. There's essentially no snow below 12k, and no significant accumulation above. The trail above 13k has lots of packed ice/snow on the trail, spikes were nice but not necessary. I did it in cross-trainers, no boots needed. Lots of people out on Sunday. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: Askgeeves
Info: Snow above 13,000' but not unmanageable. Seemed to be less crowds compared to reports from Saturday. Trail was still passable as would be expected 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: Askgeeves
Info: Snow above 13,000' but not unmanageable. Seemed to be less crowds compared to reports from Saturday. Trail was still passable as would be expected 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: lauradaughtry
Info: Got to the overflow parking lot at about 7:30am with one of the last parking spaces left. (We purposely started late, around 8am, to give the snow melt some time.) The trail below tree line: completely clear of snow. Starting before the ridge and all the way to the summit, you'll definitely see some snowy patches. I recommend poles and microspikes, though you'd most likely be fine without them. I did it without microspikes, but I am grateful I had poles. Sunny, beautiful, perfect day. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: LoveThisSite
Info: Few patches of snow/ice upto 13k. While not continuous, I'd say trail was mostly snow beyond 13k. The snow is packed down and most people seemed to manage without traction. I used microspikes and it was more enjoyable since I didn't have to worry about slipping and falling. I was hopeful that the crowds would stay away because of the snow, but no such luck - several hundred on the trail, and parking was almost full at 6am. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: geg86
Info: Mostly dry with some ice/snow patches. Majority of ice patches were avoidable but in 1-2 spots it made for some trickier maneuvering. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-05, By: chassis
Info: Summited 9/3/20 at 9:30am. Peak conditions were perfect. Clear sky, low 50s temperature, no snow and almost no wind. Around 25 people at the summit at 9:30am. Brass geodetic disk easily found. 

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