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 Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
 Post Date:  07/24/2008
 Date Climbed:   07/20/2008
 Posted By:  Fleischco

 Quandry, Leah‘s First 14er and Mtn Goats!   

We started out at 5.35am from the main trailhead. Only one other car at this time, however, it was a parking lot (cars on both sides of the road) upon our return. This was my daughter Leah's first 14er (second or third attempt).
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We had Joe, our Border Collie who has enough energy to hike up Quandry and still play fetch with a stick all the way down (after timberline).
I was hoping to use the headlamps but it was bright enough.
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We were making decent time and taking in the McCullough Gulch area below we had hiked in last year.
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It is a rocky hike up the trail and I worried that Joe's feet might be hurting but he was fine going up, coming down and even days after! He seems to really have some tough paws.

Much to our delight, we saw some mountain goats. See the two little white specs on the ridge.
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Here's a closer look.
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We hit the summit at about 8.42am.
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Hooray Leah! Your first summit! "Are you going to join me again on another 14er?" Leah says-"Ask me in a few weeks."

Now some more pics of the mountain goat family on the summit:
DAD
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and Mom and Baby
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I was very excited to see these mountain goats. Still amazes me that they live up here and my fist time seeing them.

I found this interesting...must be where the goats go to beat the heat or duck away from hail and rain! Maybe just for a good scratch!
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Here's a good shot as we descend while many, many more continue the ascent.
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There were many people coming up by now and all were friendly. Joe needs a little work on his trail etiquette (down traffic yields to up) but he's working on it!

We made it back to the car at about 11.20 am.

Here's a look at Quandry from Hwy 9 heading back into Breck.
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  • Comments or Questions (3)
rlynn


That‘s weird...     2011-02-04 17:22:14
I did Quandary the day before you did and arrived at the TH at 4:40. I was the 12th car there. Maybe I should try more sunday hikes...

Beautiful dog too.


Fleischco


That is weird     2008-07-25 11:28:28
We actually had enough room to park right by the trailhead sign next to a Honda that was already there. Another car soon joined but that was it. I was amazed how many cars were there when we left-both sides of the road and quite a ways down the road making it a one way.

Thanks for the comment on Joe-he‘s a great dog.


randalmartin


Love your report!     2010-11-30 10:28:45
Congratulations Leah and Dad! I love the pictures. Mountain Goats were a special treat including the hideout. This looks like a nice hike and one I would like to do before the snow get's too deep.

I gave you a 5 star trip report because I like trip reports that offer something unique, have very good pictures and are not overly long unless they are covering some unique aspect of a route not well documented.



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