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2012-11-14  East Ridge  I climbed Quandary today up the east ridge trail. There was probably around two inches of snow on the ground. The trail was well packed and easy going with my micro spikes. It was a bright sunny day with no problems except the wind above treeline.The short blue lake road off of highway9 was in good shape to the trailhead randybear4   2012-11-14  0  1    Edit Delete 
2012-11-03  East Ridge  Weather was beautiful, around 40 degrees with some gusty wind. The trail was pretty clear through the trees and up to the ridge. Above treeline up until about 13,000‘ there was a decent amount of very slippery snow pack, which got icy in numerous spots. Above 13,000‘, there was a good soft snow pack on the trail. I used poles on the way up, and both poles and microspikes on the way down (though I saw many people who used nothing on the way up, and only microspikes on the way down). I‘m just very cautious about falling I suppose. It was very windy at the summit - had to break out the face warmer while sitting up there. Overall, the route was much slower going for me than usual because of the ice between treeline and 13,000‘, but again, there were many people moving much faster than me. kingshimmers   2012-11-08 3  1  Edit Delete 
2012-10-31  East Ridge  Climbed Quandary Peak via the East Ridge on Halloween. Was contemplating going up the West Ridge, but had my dog and was unsure about ice and whether pups could make it. So I set out around 9:45 am since weather was supposed to be perfect. Weather stayed beautiful - about 45 degrees with very little to no wind Made it to summit by about 11:20 am and talked with a Breckenridge local for about 20 minutes under a clear, blue sky and slight breeze. Going through the trees, there was a bit of snow and some icy patches, but nothing that was bad and/or unavoidable. Above treeline, there was some icy patches, but again, nothing unavoidable. At about 12,800‘, route was packed snow to the top. I was carrying microspikes and poles, but didn‘t need either on the way up. On the way down, broke out the poles, but didn‘t use my microspikes (although it wouldn‘t have been a bad idea). All in all, the route was in pretty good shape and made it off the trail by about 1:00 p.m. Weather for Quandary over this next weekend is supposed to be beautiful and I expect most of the snow to be pretty soft as long as you aren‘t hitting the trailhead before sunrise. rjennings   2012-11-01  0  2  Edit Delete 
2012-10-14  East Ridge  Started at trailhead at 9 AM, got to the top 2.5 hours later. Not much snow on top (but just enough to make a snowman), and definitely no ice. Mild winds, clear skies, and somehow all the snow clouds were lingering above the mountains bordering Quandary and not the peak itself! Perfect. Any snow on the trail had basically melted by the time we got back down. Some locals decided to block the trail too! gabsimonelouise   2012-10-18 2     Edit Delete 
2012-10-06  East Ridge  Started hiking at 7:40 am and made it up to the top by around 9:45. There was a little bit of snow/ice on the trail but still easily made it up without a hassle. Windy and chilly on top. Made it back to the car by 11:40. Was an easy enough hike. nperrault1   2012-10-07  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-30  East Ridge  A mix of snow and mud once you get closer to the top, deceptive ice patches on the way down. We got tripped up on the loose rocks a few times so just take each step carefully. We reached the summit right at 11:55 AM and mini hail stones started to fall just about 15 minutes later. Not bad except when they smack you in the face haha. Gorgeous views. Kaydubs17   2012-09-30  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-29  West Ridge  Doing the West Ridge route of Quandary sheds a whole different light on this mountain. I didn‘t see a single person until I got to the summit. The south side of the ridge had no snow at all. The north side was different - see the pictures. I was glad to have my gaitors. I had microspikes, but didn‘t use them....perhaps I should have. There was 2-8 inches of dry powder. It seemed especially deep in the most inconvenient places, covering the rock and (I felt) increasing the difficulty. This route is spicy, and the snow increased that factor. There were a couple of places where I would not have felt comfortable trying to downclimb on the return trip, so I opted to take the East Ridge trail down to 13,100 then dropped south back down to my truck parked at Blue Lakes TH. Mike Cormier   2012-09-30 3     Edit Delete 
2012-09-18  East Ridge  Approach from the east is still very doable. The last 1000 ft or so was a mix of mud and snow today. Rather slippery coming down. Bayou   2012-09-18  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-16  East Ridge  The weather was beautiful on top September 16, 2012 and to my surprise there was a couple cooking pancakes. I couldn‘t stop myself from taking a picture and posting it on the forum. Here is a picture of Pancake Man and Hotcake Woman; thank you for your hospitality on top of Quandary. May we meet again, keep the griddle hot. czechmark   2012-09-20 1     Edit Delete 
2012-09-09  West Ridge  Attempted West Ridge approach after coming down Fletcher. I encountered just enough fresh snow in the class 3 area very near the top. I was forced to turn. (It is entirely possible that I was off route, but after several back-tracks, I could only come up with alternates that appeared more than class 3. I decided that it was safest to save this for next summer.) Take the warning on the main peak page to heart: this is a serious route! hvolmer   2012-09-10  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-01  East Ridge  Hiked today up Quandary via the East Ridge and returned on the same route. Great conditions in the morning. Arrived at the trailhead around 6:45, had to park a little down the road, but not too much. I hike very slowly, we summited in about 4.5 hours. Trail was packed, but everyone was very nice and positive. Stayed on the summit for a while, but clouds were moving in. Left the summit around noon and took about 3 hours to come down (again Im slow). Got sprinkled on a few times, smaller than pea size hail a couple of times, and had a couple of strong gusts of wind, but nothing a light jacket didnt protect us from. Also, no lightning today. bclinto   2012-09-01 3     Edit Delete 
2012-09-01  West Ridge  Summer conditions everywhere. Very easy trail to follow. A fun route that avoids the weekend crowds on the East Ridge (we came down that way). esagas   2012-09-01  0     Edit Delete 
2012-07-22  West Ridge  Started out with a nice morning: some small clouds, but could see blue sky all around them. As we climbed, the two clouds closest to the peak grew larger, grayer, and eventually joined together. At around 11am, we started getting some snow at 14,000ft. The snow turned to rain, and as we began our descent (before noon), we began to hear thunder. The clouds briefly cleared a bit around 1pm, but moved back in by 2pm (by which time we were off the trail). kingshimmers   2012-07-23  0     Edit Delete 
2012-07-10  East Ridge  Perfect day on the mountain. Started climbing around 9am and was back to parking around noon. Trail was dry, but congested. I stopped counting hikers when I passed my 75th person going up. There was a family of mountain goats holding people up around 13,000. Cute little babies with them. Rabbanah   2012-07-11  0     Edit Delete 
2012-07-07  East Ridge  Cool and foggy to for most of the morning with winds gusting to near 20 mph. Reached the summit around 10 AM and spent 30 minutes relaxing. Began the descent around 10:30 and the clouds finally lifted near 12. Shortly thereafter, a storm rolled in and began raining pretty steadily from 12:30 on. All in all, it was a nice hike. The forecast predicted a 60% chance of rain, but we were lucky and it held off until we were most of the way back to the car. The trail was in good shape, even in the rain. No obstructions on the path (except for a mountain goat) and the congestion was at a minimum (probably due to the poor weather forecast). mgrundy   2012-07-09  0     Edit Delete 
2012-06-03  East Ridge  Trail clear to the top with just a few patches of snow just before the summit that were easy to cross or avoid. Conditions on peak were ideal with warm temperatures and light winds. Thunderable   2012-06-03 1     Edit Delete 
2012-05-28  East Ridge  A bit windy, but very good conditions. No snow at the TH or along the trail except for a small ice patch at the summit that was easy to skirt. Summer conditions for Quandary. sheller   2012-05-29  0     Edit Delete 
2012-05-24  East Ridge  Trail was covered in snow ranging from 1-6 inches during the ascent after the resent storm. On the descent the snow had melted off the trail completely by 1pm once it dropped to the north off the ridge and into the forest. keith_stone   2012-05-24  0     Edit Delete 
2012-05-20  East Ridge  Route is snow free except for the occasional hard pack and the final 50 yards to the summit. No traction needed. wypatt   2012-05-20  0     Edit Delete 
2012-05-05  East Ridge  East Ridge was clear of snow except for a few small patches. No need for any traction. letourneau41   2012-05-06  0     Edit Delete 

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