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 Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
 Post Date:  09/09/2007
 Date Climbed:   09/08/2007
 Posted By:  Brad

 Brisk morning on Quadary‘s East Ridge   

Trail head: 5:50 AM
Summit: 9:15 AM
Leave Summit: 9:45 AM
Parking Lot: 12:05 PM

Amber and I camped Friday night at the Spruce Creek Trail Head just a few minutes down the road. Take CO 9 South from Breckenridge to just after mile marker 85. Turn right onto Spruce Lake Drive, next to a sign that says "The Crown". Follow the road back to this sign:

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A view of sunset from the camping area:

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We awoke grudgingly to the sound of the alarm clock at 4:00 AM, cooked breakfast, packed camp and headed for Quandary‘s TH. We arrived at the TH around 5:45 AM to take the last parking spot. On the trail at 5:50 AM and our hike began under mostly dark, pre-dawn skies, temps in the 30‘s. Here is our first view of the peak:

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Looking back towards the East we could see the sun beginning to creep over the ridge:

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The sun began to glow on Quandary:

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A look back East at the sun finally peeking over the ridge:

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Amber heading up the trail towards the final push:

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Once on the top we took in the views in all directions. Here you can see the closed peaks of Lincoln, Bross and Democrat:

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Amber and I on the summit:

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After hiking up in mostly dawn light we were finally able to look back at the peak and where we had been:

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You could tell fall is on its way by the aspens color starting to change:

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All in all, a very nice day for a summit as there were virtually no clouds and less than a hundred people on the trail. It did get a bit breezy on the top though, and that shortened our stay. It still did not feel like we had spent 30 minutes at the top. Too much to take in!



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