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|2016-08-20||Route: West Ridge
Info: Gate to Blue Lakes trailhead was open. Conditions up west Ridge were great. Left parking lot at 6:00 am. Some snow left in the gulleys. If you are following the GPX file, do not take the path along the river like the GPX file shows. Follow the initial sign marked "Trail". Some of the rocks have some ice covering them once you get to the class 3 sections. Nothing to concerning. if descending east ridge, get ready for the conga line. West ridge was void of all people. Great class 3.
|2016-07-03||Route: East Ridge
Info: This was my first 14er. We started our hike about 4:40am, there was about 8 other cars in the main parking area at that time. I started with fairly light layers on, but made many changes throughout the hike up. Up above the tree line it was a little windy and the temperature was a bit cooler. The trail was well marked and pretty easy to follow for most of the hike. When you get within about a half mile from the peak, there is a much steeper climb and the trail becomes a little harder to follow. There is definitely a lot of loose rock, but we didn't have much issue finding good footings while climbing. Right before the peak there is a bit of snow still, keep to the right side of that and you'll be fine. Made it to the top in about 2.5hrs. By the time we were coming down there was a lot of people making their way up which made the decent take a bit longer than it could have. Peak conditions for us were very foggy, windy, and snowing a bit. We missed out on the great views from the top, but it was still great being up there. As you can see from the pictures we also ran into a mother mountain goat and its baby. They didn't act aggressive at all, we just gave them their space and let them continue on their way.
|2016-06-25||Route: East Ridge
Info: For my very first 14er a couple of freinds and I decided to try Quandry since it wasn't too far of a drive and it is not too difficult. We drove to the base of the mountain and slept in the car the night before (which was a bad idea; I hardely slept at all). We woke up at 4 and were on the trail by 4:30. It took us just under 2.5 hours to summit and under 2 hours to return to the trailhead. The trail was in very good condition and there were even crews out working on it when we were on the way down. The trail was nearly completely snow free other than a small patch just before the summit that was easy to cross with nothing but boots. Most of the surrounding peaks still had a decent amount of snow on them which made for some wonderful pictures. Hiking Quandary was very enjoyable and I plan on hiking many more in the future.
|2016-06-25||Route: East Ridge
Info: Started the hike at 4:40 AM. Chilly 45 degrees, but stopped to delayer in the first 15 minutes of hiking up the not so subtle start. The trail was completely dry until right before the summit where there was a small, melting snowfield for 200 ft (no-postholing required). After eating lunch/breakfast on the summit we started heading down into the masses. By 8:30am the trail was packed with hikers reaching the summit. Mountain goats on the way up and down today. These baby goats were not cautious around people, however their parents were lurking nearby, play it safe! Beautiful day with perfect weather. Wish we had started earlier as descent would have more pleasant without throngs of people.
|2016-06-19||Route: East Ridge
Info: Quandary trail is in good condition. My friend and I started about 6:45am and wore just hiking shoes. Summited in under 3 hours. 2 snow fields on the upper sections, but not terrible to maneuver through. I would bet with warm weather conditions snow will be gone completely in a week or two. I would say to go now though as views are phenomenal with snow still covering a lot of the distant peaks.
|2016-06-18||Route: East Ridge
Info: The trail is all clear except for 3 small snow patches. Gets a bit slushy later in the day bit just boots needed!
|2016-06-11||Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Info: Cristo Couloir is past its prime, but we still had a great glissade. Did not do the snow climb - we climbed the rocks on the left (west) side of the couloir. The snow next to the rocks was really soft with some ice underneath in places. We elected to scramble in places we might have otherwise crossed snow. We spoke to some skiers who told us the snow was user friendly for climbing mid-couloir. The snow was great for the glissade. Some extra care was needed on the upper steep patch because there's no run out before crossing the rock to the main stretch. Rocks are starting to poke through in the usual spots down lower. I was able to ride a good butt toboggan over minor rocks, but there were a couple places that required stopping and resetting the line. Remember, while glissading you have little ability to steer, so you really need to watch where your fall line will take you. The snow is melting fast. We're glad we got this one in! I'll put some pictures on the Facebook group.
|2016-06-10||Route: East Ridge
Info: Just wanted to add an update for anyone thinking of doing Quandary soon. We left TH at 08:00 and made it to the summit without any winter gear (just good hiking boots). I am a big guy (220 lbs) and did post hole about 4 time going up and a little more coming back down. My daughter, who is much lighter, only post holed once or twice. I don't think you have to worry about the snow that much from this point on.
|2016-06-08||Route: East Ridge
Info: Go early for a great hike on Quandary. We started hiking on standard route East Ridge at 4:40 am and did not post hole AT ALL on the way up (and fell through once or twice on the way down). Snow/ice was frozen solid and we cruised on top of it the whole time. Hardly any snow in the trees. Took the summer route to the left and it was fine, ended up taking the winter route down via glissading. Lots of snow from treeline up, but, we were fine - all the late starters were slushing through ice mush while we were cruising down between 830-900. I judged them. We summited at 7:07. Absolutely beautiful conditions to peak today. Glissading down was so much fun - very glad I had the GoPro!
|2016-06-04||Route: East Ridge
Info: Was a good day to go up Quandary. We started at 0730 (having left house at 0530) and summited at 1040. Snow was soft but still easy to get through. Only some post holing down near tree line as mentioned in other post. We got off trail at noon again having post holed some on way down. I recommend trying to stay on winter trail down low as we ventured over to summer trail but had a lot more soft snow. I purposely didn't wear any traction all day and made it just fine. A guy on trail behind us was in loafers and I bet he made it, albeit with wet feet...lol.
|2016-06-04||Route: East Ridge
Info: Stunning day up Quandary. Started from TH just before 4am. There was a little postholing down low near the trees. Good, firm snow conditions above, so microspikes were really helpful. Summit around 7am. Making our way back down, snow was already soft by 8:30am and full on sloppy joes/postholing by 9am at the base. Flotation would be helpful (necessary!) if getting a later start though I wouldn't have wanted to be out there for much longer!
|2016-06-03||Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Info: No solid freeze overnight, so the snow was punchy even at 6 am. Some evidence of wet loose slide on climber's right about half way up. Came down around 9:45 am, the first 500 feet was ok, then it was mashed potato snow all the way to the bottom. Not very fun even on a snowboard. My friend who was on foot was postholing all the way to his waist, he had to hike down the rocky slope to skier's right.
|2016-05-30||Route: East Ridge
Info: Road is clear to the TH. I don't think they really got any snow last Thursday. At least not anywhere near what was forecast. Trail is dirt/snow/ice mix the first half mile and then hard packed uneven snow up to tree line. Used spikes once I hit first icy patches. Snow was hard and well travelled all the way to the top before sunrise and continued using spikes to my summit at 6:30am. Hung out for a few and descended quickly on my spikes. Snow was starting to get soft even at 7:00.
|2016-05-29||Route: East Ridge
Info: Left TH at 7:30am. Summited at 12:30pm. Back to car at 2:30pm. Trail is covered in packed snow most of the route. I wore microspikes the whole time and carried snowshoes on my back. Only postholed a little between 10,500' and 11,000' on the return. Saw people going up and down with skies, boards, crampons, spikes, and nothing. Didn't see anyone having any problems. Enjoy!
|2016-05-28||Route: North Gully aka Quandary Couloir
Info: Quandary's North Couloir is stuffed with snow right now. With a questionable forecast, we hurried up the east ridge and dropped into the couloir by 9:30am. Continuous from the top, it had 4-8" of fresh powder on top of a solid base which had a good freeze the night before. The early start helped because the top snow was quickly softening on the skier-left when we were about 1/2 way down the couloir. After exiting the couloir, we skied around the small lake and down through the forest, along the summer trail. Snow became collapsible abound 11,500' in the forest, approx. 1/4 mile before we hit the old road which connects to the end of the McCullough Gulch (851) road. We then skinned about 1/2 mile down the 851 road before walking the last 1/2 mile to the Quandary TH.
|2016-05-26||Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Info: Was able to drive to the lower lake but not quite the upper lake. Put crampons on at the dam and then took them off after 5 minutes because there is a dry patch right before the true couloir. Had a solid overnight freeze and the snow was nice and firm. Summitted at 10 and was hoping to wait a little bit for the snow to soften up but then weather came in. The descent was on crusty snow. I had to ski down with one pole because I apparently lost the other one on the way up so if anyone finds a black diamond trekking/ski pole you should let me know please!
|2016-05-22||Route: East Ridge
Info: Wind was insane on the final 1000 ft ridge, and I would have turned around if I didn't have my ice axe and trekking pole, as it was turning my board into a sail. Summit was warm and wind free. There is continuous snow from the summit to ~400 feet below tree line. Below that is intermixed patches of snow and dry trail, with some icy spots near the bottom. Starting at 540 AM the snow was solid and still frozen. I hiked it in snowboard boots with no traction issues at all. I snowboarded the Upper East bowl and then followed the trail back. The best May run of my life! Snow was perfect corn, not too soft and not too hard. Rocks were easy to avoid. Snow was very stable early in the morning, no red flags that I saw. Returning to tree line around 10:20 the snow, sections were post-hole hell. I saw people falling in waist deep! I could barely stay afloat, even on my board. Would bring snowshoes to descend tree line if you don't have a board/skis. Goats were also out this afternoon enjoying this perfect day in Colorado.
|2016-05-22||Route: North Gully aka Quandary Couloir
Info: Climbed North Gully on 22 May 2016. Descended East ridge. Road was not even open to standard TH so approach was significantly longer. Snowshoes needed for approach to N. Couloir. Snow all the way to the summit. Evidence of older wet slab activity down low. Condition of snow varied today. Around 13,000ft we encountered an inch crust on top of what looked like large grapple. We opted to hug the right edge of the rock band because of the conditions. Higher up the conditions improved. Because of the conditions we opted to descend the standard route. Good day our with good people.
|2016-05-21||Route: East Ridge
Info: Brought snowshoes and crampons, never wore either on the ascent. Snow was well packed all the way to the summit. Once temps warmed up after 12ish for the descent, the snowshoes became vital, at least below 13,000'.
|2016-05-21||Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Info: Snow was better consolidated than I was expecting after recent storm. Lots of slide debris, but easy to avoid. Started from the gate 5:30 am, topped out a bit before 8:30. Never put snowshoes on. Nice glissade track for the descent.