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 Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
 Post Date:  08/03/2006
 Date Climbed:   08/02/2006
 Posted By:  p_tolley

 Quandary Peak - East Ridge   

After tackling Challenger Point on two days earlier we were looking for a easy walk up. We settled on Quandary and were very please with this decision. We left Denver at 5am and started up the trail at 6:55am. The trail quickly moves up through the trees and then they start to thin out. From here you can see the "old" trail crossing the East Ridge and portions of the upper East Ridge. This photo shows the aforementioned area.
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After passing to the south side of the East Ridge you begin to ascend on the "new" trail. It is easy going and the stone "stairs/steps" make the hiking easier. Following this trail is no problem and you soon find yourself crossing a relatively level portion of the East Ridge. In front of you in the final portion of the hike, the upper East Ridge. This photo shows part of the flat area and the approach to the upper East Ridge.
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On the upper East Ridge there are some spots were there seem to be multiple trails, but it is easy to find a way up the mountain. We crossed this last steep section and reached the summit at 9:32 am (that included our 15 minute break at the bottom of the upper East Ridge). After surveying the surrounding peaks for around 30 minutes and even straining our eyes to see Mount Massive, Mount Elbert, and La Plata Peak we set off for the TH. We descended the trail with a 68-year young fellow traveler we met on the summit and were back to our car by 11:58.

This was a great hike which is not overly taxing. The views were also very good. This final photo was taken on the summit looking to the north.
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