Quandary Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-19, By: mackca
Info: Hard pack to tree line where microspikes are helpful for decent but not necessary. If you go straight out of tree line it is post-holing in waist deep snow and around to the right knee deep. This is about 50-100 yds and snow shoes would be helpful. Then it is a mix of hard pack/rocks with microspikes preferable to knee deep snow again better for snow shoes up the entire ridge. I made it about 2/3 but windy/snowing and closing in on turn around time and was tired from the deep snow (started at 12). My better half said the rest of the way was steeper, deeper and winds really picked up. Also watch out for hidden rocks when you break through in deeper snow. we have some cuts and bruises for the effort. On the way down snow and wind covered most of the tracks down to treeline. Easy to follow ridge line down but then takes a sec to find the path to tree line. Beautiful hike - would start earlier next time and preferably a little less wind and snow. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-17, By: 123tqb
Info: Echoing everyone here, only really needed spikes. Winds were miserable today, near gale force on the summit. As to skiing: in my opinion there isn't enough snow up high for it to be a worthy outing, however the trees on the way up had some nice snow if you want to have some fun near the trailhead. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-16, By: bradleytravels
Info: Made the summit on 1/13/21 w/ a group of 3. Micro spikes needed/worn entire hike. Snow drift on trail just past the tree line for about 100 yards made trail navigation tough but doable, past this the trail is in good shape w/ visible micro spike marks to the peak. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-11, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: 8255th report. Spikes still all you need. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-11, By: durkan
Info: 8254th report letting you know spikes are all you need at the moment. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-10, By: BoardingHiker
Info: Trail is packed the whole way. No need for flotation. Wore spikes which helped, but not required. Beautiful day on the mountain with barely any wind 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-09, By: sixlebsack
Info: Solid boot pack all the way to the top. Only spiked on the way down. Partner wore them both ways. As of today at 1:00pm when we got off the mountain, there was no need for flotation. Although summit was socked in by the time we hit treeline on the decent indicating more snow was on the way. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-07, By: benmangelsdorf
Info: Did whole thing today in microspikes, did not have floatation. Trail is well-packed up until about 11,700 at the part where you turn off to avoid avalanche terrain. From there until about 13,000 it was very deep, soft snow. Lots of post-holing, floatation would be helpful in this section I think. From about 13,000 to summit the snow is mostly hard without any post-holing. Was a fun day! A mix of heinously cold and windy conditions with very warm and pleasant conditions coming down. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-04, By: dubsho3000
Info: The trail was obscured above treeline today with some high winds yesterday and today. But it wasn't too hard to piece it together. The upper bowl to the right of the trail near the summit was pretty windscoured. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-04, By: Chip2006
Info: There's a well-defined trail all the way from the parking lot to the summit. There was more postholing on the way down than up. The snow wasn't complete ice and so my Kahtoola brand microspikes worked wonderfully. People that used snowshoes abandoned them in the latter half of the hike. Don't count on using the rock walls on the top for wind shelters because snow has filled them in. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-27, By: awon2zip
Info: Hiked Quandary today as my first winter 14er. Trenched fully with a lot of dry ground higher up towards the summit. 5.5 hours trailhead to trailhead without spikes. Not nessesary but spikes would help with descending. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-26, By: Ryspriggs92
Info: Just spikes. Trenched fully 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-25, By: tcphoto87
Info: Packed trail mostly from the parking lot to the ridge, heading out of the trees it gets a little deeper and could tell people had postholed in that area but the snow held up both ways for me and I didn't posthole once. I wore spikes the whole way, but along the ridge theres lots of dry/rocky patches. Summit had some cool ice forming on the rocks from the wind. Mostly taking my time it took me around 6 1/2 hours, and my watch says it was 9.14 round trip. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-25, By: Sbenfield
Info: Pretty good trench, I found snowshoes useful in a couple spots but they aren't needed. Micros were nice 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-24, By: CaptCO
Info: Trenched deeper than a strippers —- ezpz 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-21, By: Misi197
Info: A few ankle and calf deep moments around tree line, but otherwise the route is easy to follow and spikes are all you need. Summit looked like the inside of my freezer after morning clouds and a stiff western wind. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-21, By: gregpeak
Info: There is a well packed trench all the way to the summit. Microspikes are helpful but not essential. The upper bowl is still not ready to ski. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-18, By: eric7600
Info: hardpack through the trees. a couple switchbacks of postholing hitting treeline, and then easy going across the ridge. it was our first time on the trail, and it was very easy to follow. Microspikes did the job just fine. Keep an eye out for the goats too! 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-10, By: Hartwigger
Info: Great day on the mountain despite chilly temps. I counted 10 hikers on the hill today. Left Trailhead at 04:15 in order to catch the sunrise with temp at 15°F. The lower trail through the trees was hardpack with the occasional icy spot. I wore micro spikes for the duration of the hike and they worked extremely well. Above tree line, wind gusts to 5-15mph made the day quite chilly as it was overcast for much of the day. Tree line to summit was mostly hardpack with intermittent bare rock and a very discernable trail. On summit wind was minimal and enjoyed good 360° panorama view despite overcast conditions. It took me just over 5 hrs to reach the summit (old and fat) but a fit lad named Chris, who I met on the summit, made the ascent in ~2.5 hrs - amazing. To top off the day, on the descent ran into 7 Mt goats. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-08, By: gregpeak
Info: The trail is hard packed and icy the whole way. Some form of traction is highly advisable. 

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