Quandary Peak  
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2017-01-18  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-01-19, By: RWSchaffer
Info: The parking lot is well plowed. Trench to timberline is ski smooth and bootpack firm. Rocks are only occasionally encountered along the ridge to the summit. Microspikes made for easier going, but were not necessary. I did not use floatation. 
2017-01-07  Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2017-01-09, By: XterraRob
Info: South Gully is loaded with snow with two very large wind drifted cornices between 50-200ft from the summit (avoidable). If you follow the rocky ridge to the left of the gully, you can safely summit without much in the way of avy danger. In between the rocks were various patches of hard packed snow you could snow shoe up without sinking. Took snow shoes to about 500-700ft below the summit before scrambling. 
2017-01-02  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-01-02, By: brandonyonke
Info: From lower parking lot: Left at 5:30am via east ridge. About 2 feet of snow through the trees, but trail is firmly packed and well defined. Saddle is wind blown down to rock, and the packed trail picks up again on the push to the summit. Summit is rocky and blown. Generally gentle wind with gusts of about 20 today, and very light snow. Temps ranged from approximately 10 to -15, lot to summit respectively. No goats today, but an incredible sunrise and otherwise great conditions. Microspikes were helpful, but not necessary. No floats or axe used. 
2017-01-01  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-01-01, By: graberz
Info: Unbelievable packed trail all the way to the top. I used microspikes the whole time. Some people preferred crampons or snowshoes. High winds made for very low wind chill that turned a few people around. Overall probably about 15 people on the mountain today. Round trip was 6 hours. 
2016-12-30  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-31, By: ahumphreys000
Info: Longtime lurker, first time poster: First winter fourteener and first one on top of Quandary 12/30. Snow was in good shape through late AM hours with some post hole action coming down. Wind was rough but manageable with only a few gusts being uncomfortable. Snow shoes weren't necessary except for a few spots coming out of the trees. I'm sure this will change in the next few days with snow moving in. Microspikes necessary going up and down. Packed trail. 
2016-12-30  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-30, By: oldschool
Info: Solid trail in place. Snowshoes not needed but helpful. Windy conditions today, 12/30/16. Very straight forward ascent...no surprises. 
2016-12-24  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-26, By: asarsam
Info: Snow packed trail / wind swept trail all the way to the top. Just need micro spikes for traction, snow shoes can help below tree line. 
2016-12-03  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-03, By: trailboss88
Info: Only a few inches of snow on the east ridge. Microspikes/crampons optional; I used none, only mountaineering boots. Numerous hikers summited today. Only windy on the final summit ridge but tolerable and relatively warm temperatures. 
2016-11-25  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-26, By: SamFletcher
Info: There was snow on almost all of the route during my ascent, especially above treeline. In some of the deeper sections there were already footprints to follow, but many of them were very slippery and tended to collapse. I did not use my spikes on the way up, but I probably should have. On the descent, the spikes were definitely very helpful as the increased traffic had caused a lot of the well-defined steps to disintegrate into a huge mess. By the time I got back to treeline it seemed like a lot of the snow down there was melting, so there will probably be a lot less snow down there in the future. I did not need snowshoes anywhere, but I would highly recommend microspikes. 
2016-11-23  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-23, By: bmcqueen
Info: Went up the west ridge from the dam, then down the east ridge. West ridge approach has some deep snow before the saddle. We opted against flotation. Gaiters highly recommended. West Ridge proper has less snow, but enough to make things spicy in a few spots. Added crampons for the last bit. East ridge descent trail has a bit of snow, but still soft - not windscoured. Traction would be good, but not mandatory. 
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2016-11-20  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-20, By: SolarAlex
Info: summer trailhead is still open and dry. Dry through most of the trees, patchy snow above treeline...couple of slick spots but nothing major. hiked in trail runners, no spikes. not sure how relevant this will be after the snow tomorrow though . 
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2016-11-12  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-13, By: MountainHiker
Info: Trail dry most of the way to the summit. Some avoidable icy spots higher up. 
2016-11-11  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-13, By: SavannahLong
Info: We hiked Quandary Peak on Friday, November 11th, 2016, veterans day! We couldn't have asked for more beautiful conditions. Trailhead was in perfect condition - easy to park, no snow, ice, or mud. It was sunny, very little wind, hardly any ice, and just a bit of snow and ice at the top, and very little mud to speak of. 
2016-11-05  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-07, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The route was dry first thing in the morning but by 10am it had a coating of snow. Most of the snow will melt throughout the early week but expect some slick sections. 
2016-11-02  Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2016-11-03, By: CampRuhlman
Info: Ascent: Cristo Couloir AKA South Gully Little to no ice. No snow at all, even in the gut of the gully which made for more difficult travel on the mass of loose rock Descent:Traditional Quandary Peak Trail Patches of snow, nothing that required any precaution besides stepping around the patches. A very limited amount of clear ice here and there, but nothing that really required micro spikes. *equipment used: none. Not even micro spikes were necessary 
2016-10-30  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-31, By: envior
Info: Started 0545 and back to the TH 0915. Did not light up till 0700. Trail was snow free. Extremely windy and cold on the final stretch so bring layers. Outlet tube of water pack totally frozen up, so was without water for couple hours. Also watch for slippery frosted rock surfaces. 
2016-10-28  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-28, By: duncanmil
Info: Quandary was practically snow free today. Of course that could change quickly this time of the year. 
2016-10-26  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-27, By: robwager14
Info: Beautiful, nearly windless day. 3 hours up, 2 down. Brought traction but wasn't necessary at all. A few tiny patches of snow but no ice. 
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2016-10-15  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-17, By: wazoheat
Info: Beautiful day; forecasted wind never really materialized except for a gust here and there. Trail was mostly dry with a few snowy spots along and above the flat of the ridge. Brought spikes but didn't need them. 
2016-10-02  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-02, By: AnastasiaC
Info: Above 13,000' there was a layer of frost where the sun haven't had a chance to thaw out the rock. I used my microspikes in one spot to go across small snow patch (no more than 20'). If weather allows, definitely recommend getting a later start. Class 3 sections weren't slippery, but having warmer temperatures will definitely help. 

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