Quandary Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-13, By: tsmith1007
Info: Started at the trail head at 3:10am. By about an hour in we had already seen 10-15 people. Luckily some of these folks let us know to look behind us to see the comet Neowise which we had no idea was passing over. The hike is very well marked and easy to follow. Passed about 40 people on the way up and then passed about 300-400 people on the way down. Luckily the trail is wide enough to pass easily and not be to much in the way of uphill traffic. Overall it was a good hike with perfect weather and no wind at the summit so that was awesome! 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-25, By: YearlyClimber
Info: While parking lots were open around 5, they filled and there was a steady stream of people (hundreds) many without masks. It looked like a line had formed to summit by around 10. Top of the peak was quite windy. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-11, By: Captain Nowhere
Info: Still lots of snow in the basin, but entirely avoidable. Traction may make for a more efficient ascent to the ridge but not necessary. West ridge in summer conditions save for avoidable snow in a couple notches. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: jordanthebuff
Info: Trail is in really solid shape. There is some snow off to the right side of the ridge (during ascent) that some people were glissading down with just high cut boots. I would have tried it myself, but I was wearing low cuts and didn't want to get my feet wet. Looked like fun. No snow to cross on the trail itself. Summer conditions. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: TwamCAT9
Info: My Family and I decided to do Quandary for our first 14er! For the first 2 miles of the trail, route was very easy to follow! The 3rd, and last mile, things were a little vague, although not that hard to find. Of course the peak was well populated, as there was a fairly solid congo line, which was comforting for this being our first peak (If something went wrong, there would have been plenty of people to assist/render aid...). 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-02, By: Ryannelson182
Info: Had a great trip to the top. Made a few new friends on the surprisingly packed trail (both parking lots were full this Wednesday morning). I would highly recommend hiking shoes, trekking poles (for descent especially), sunscreen, and plenty of water. The trail is well maintained, although it can become easy to lose it on the way up during the scramble portion. Don't use all of your energy at the bottom. The last 1,000ft up is killer. Great 14er for serious beginners. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-30, By: cherrys
Info: Nearly summer conditions. Sunny and windy, small snowfield near the summit but had maybe 10 steps in snow at maximum. Easily passable (but scary), and I am a beginner. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-24, By: Nbarrett70
Info: Completed 06/24/20 #2/100 .Arrived at TH parking lot around 05:40 and found a spot easy enough. Ascent took me 3h55m, descent 2h21m so, 6h16m RT. As expected, lots of trail traffic. Found Quandry to be considerably harder than Bierstadt, which I completed last week. That last 1K of gain is especially tough. I was blowing hard. My lockdown muffin is not helping in my quest to become Lord of all 14er'shire. Very rocky and gravelly trail pretty much from 12.4K to summit at 14.2K. Slipped twice on descent, though nothing serious. Good footwear and poles recommended. I saw plenty of light, flimsy looking sneakers being worn and can only imagine there's plenty of sore feet tonight. Some lingering snow near summit. Proceed with caution as I saw a few slip over. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: jeriahca
Info: Near summer conditions except a large unavoidable stretch at the summit. It's deep, slick and slushy, but passable for most climbers. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: J-Tsunami19
Info: Bagged Quandary for my 4th 14er and brought a friend for his 1st. We camped out the night before near the trailhead. There was a fair amount of good spots to pitch a tent. This helped getting great parking for the hike the next day. We started the ascent at 5:55 in the morning. For the most part the trail was good. Above treeline there was still some patches of snow and the last 1000ft had quite a bit of snow and was slick. Thus, I highly recommend hiking shoes and poles, they made our descent much easier. We hit the summit at 8:45, just under 3 hours. It was very windy and we were frequently adding and dropping layers throughout the hike. A little over 2 hours to get back down. Was a wonderful hike and not a bad 14er for newbies like us. 
 
Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: ccawdrey
Info: Took Cristo up and the East Ridge down. Surprisingly still continuous snow from 12,200 to 13,900 in Cristo. We got into the Couloir at 5:45. It was nice and firm from the first overnight freeze in a week or so. That being said it's starting to get pretty thin between 13,500 and 13,900. We hiked around the North side to get a peek at the Quandary Couloir the day prior on 6/6. Fairly sparse on that side and the exit is just loose talus and scree at this point. 
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Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: jimmtman
Info: Snow from 12200 feet to 13900 ft. Very soft at 11 am when heading down - didn't freeze solid last night. My son skied and he thought it was very good. I hiked down Cristo and it was tough because it was so soft and sloppy. Crampons and ice axe for sure. Forecast high today was 51 F. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-30, By: Gandalf69
Info: Snow was very slushy around treeline around 11. 
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Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2020-05-28, By: MountainHiker
Info: Cristo Couloir is past prime. There was still enough snow to have a nice glissade, but you need to down-climb more loose crap to get to it. Down lower it was necessary to stop and track to the right where more snow would have been over some rocks. 
 
Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: CRLancelot11
Info: Cristo Couloir in great form right now. 2-3 groups took the East Ridge and skied down, my group was the only one to Boot Pack the couloir yesterday and summit, followed by 1 group that went halfway. Started about 6:40am and summitted at 11:40, longer than I thought. Sunny conditions and the previous day's snow kept things solid later into the day. Saw some wet slides from a group that descended before us, but was solid when we went down around noon. Would definitely recommend staying away from the middle of the coiloir on ascent and descent. Earlier would have been better on the descent with the fresh snow, but now with normal spring conditions you definitely want to let it soften up. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: Shea
Info: Not much snow below treeline, after that snow the rest of the way up to the summit. microspikes needed, though we saw someone wearing sneakers who summited. the snow remained firm until noon. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: Gandalf69
Info: Snow still melting fast. Was worth another report because of coolest dog ever on summit. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: BenThom11
Info: Started at 7:15 and back to the car at noon. A few sections of postholing on the descent, but it's in great shape overall for May. Didn't use any floatation or traction and didn't feel the need for either 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: LoveThisSite
Info: Probably 2 weeks away from full blown summer conditions. Snow is unavoidable. Skiers can find a continuous line from the summit to below treeline, but that won't last very long. If you start early enough, you don't need flotation - I was near treeline by 11am and I was starting to posthole a bit by then. I found microspikes useful while coming down (easier for me to stick to the snow), but many managed without it too. The summer trail is visible on and off, but sticking to the snow made the climb a lot more enjoyable. Not much glissading to be had. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: Gandalf69
Info: Snow is melting fast. Pretty mushy by 10AM, lots of post holing in parts I couldn't ride. Was very fun day, winds somewhat lighter than normal for quandary. I found a phone while going up, if anyone missing something. Describe it to me, I'm close to breck and fairplay. 
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