Peak:  Quandary Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  nasmolnisky
 Date of Info:  06/12/2011
 Date Posted:  06/12/2011

We began the ascent at 8:15 and given the amount of post holing we dealt with throughout the day due to melting I would recommend beginning earlier. The trail is mostly melted with the remaining snow drifts fairly well packed down until you begin to reach the tree line. With our late start even the beginning snow ascent from 11,500 to 13,000 ft meant dealing with post holing problems, and while we only had snow boots we did witness people with snow shoes post holing as well. It was negotiable by closely following some of the snow shoe tracks earlier hikers had left. The initial snow ascent was the most melted, and after fighting through that difficulty it was a pleasant surprise when the final snow ascent from 13,000 to the top was basically post hole free. The ridges after the tree line are not near melted enough to attempt them with anything less than snow boots, still recommending snow shoes, however a few girls with tennis shoes attempted the first hill of the snow ascent and were turned back down to try another day after continually falling waist deep in snow. The final ascent was pleasantly solid and part of the ridge is melted and after another week or so it will be significantly improved. On the way down we were greeted by a friendly mountain goat who we followed at a distance down the trail for several hundred feet. The easiest way down as the snow melted and became slushy was to glissade, either using the standing slide for those able or else take a seat and ride the waterslide.

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