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Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Post Date:  07/19/2013
Date Climbed:   08/11/2012
Posted By:  SteveBh2o

 Quandary - East Ridge+   

On September 11, 2012, Steve Broadwater, Matt and Kris Webster, Nicole Weis and Bonnie Smith continued the 14er campaign. With the annual trip to the mountains having us again in the Breck area, Quandary seemed like the obvious choice. We were a bit concerned to hike this on a Saturday, as this peak is known prone to have the occasional ‘trail jam’ due to its popularity and being so easily accessible. The hike starts in the tree line, which is nice for a short hike like this…that is, once you find the trailhead!! (The “+” in the title referring to the fact that we hiked a good .5 mile up the road past the TH. So, thanks to our morning chatting, we got bonus miles!! And a special thanks to the car-campers that re-directed us!)
Once you get through the tree line, the switchbacks begin…
Once atop the East ridge, the views are pretty nice.
Further up the ridge, a look down to Blue Lake (went back next day to explore this area a bit).
Further up the ridge, Bonnie and Nicole still enjoying the work!
A look up the ridge, still a looooong way to go.
Nearing the top, a look back at the forming wagon train of hikers.
After 2.5 hrs of hiking, success, summit!
We enjoyed the views for a bit and after refreshments, time to get off the mountain, weather approaching.
Near the end of the hike, we stopped to get the obligatory group photo (Quandry summit in the background).
Had a good day on Quandary, and always looking forward to the next one!
Total hike time just over 5 hours, elevation gain of 3,400 ft, and a perfect weather day for the hike.

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