Quandary Peak  
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2016-03-11  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-03-11, By: ChrystalSunshine
Info: Things getting a little softer on the snow sections just as you come out of treeline and the flat part just before the final push up to the summit. On trail at 630, summit at 10. Hang an hour. Down from 11-130. Up was firm the whole way with a few previous day postholes which were deep, but still firm. Didn't take snowshoes. On way down, things were definitely getting slushy, so if you dont have good gaiters and boots , may want to take snowshoes. Family of 5 mountain goats hanging on trail and summit. 3 are babies. Clocked the actual mileage from the parking lot. Stayed on the most obviously travelled path the entire way up and came up with 3.7 miles to the top for a round trip of 7.4. 
2016-03-08  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-03-09, By: SWilson
Info: Decide to do a winter 14-er to celebrate my birthday. Arrived at trailhead at 5:30AM, no other vehicles in the lot. 2-4 inches of fresh snow on the trail. Had boots and spikes, didn't use snowshoes (not really needed). Temps were in the low teens, no wind in the trees, very light breezes along the ridge and at the summit. Nobody else was at the summit, have to admit it was pretty awesome. Ridge photo show two sets of tracks, mine going up and coming down. 
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2016-03-06  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-03-07, By: KarenL23
Info: I started at the parking lot at about 6:45am, this was ideal, because there weren't many other hikers yet, and also for the predicted weather later in the day. I reached summit around 9:45, and was back in the car at 12. The hike will veer off the actual trail right where the tree line ends, and is well defined by all the traffic, follow that, and not the actual marked trail, because you want to stay on the ridge in the winter, due to avalanche risk. Snow shoes were not necessary, but I definitely recommend ice trekkers, because the snow was hard, and nearing the top, having a grip in the snow is definitely necessary as it all just keeps sloping up. Spikes may be too much, due to the frequent rocky areas above treeline. I used poles for the first time, and I really am glad, because with the ascent just being continuously up, it helps. There was some wind, so extra layers in a pack is recommended (typical winter clothes). The clouds started rolling in around 10, but it was calm otherwise. On my way down is when I encountered the most people, and many were questioning turning around due to the clouds. If the weather is predicted to be nice, its a great hike where not much gear is necessary (but better to be over prepared). An early start is recommended for weather purposes, and also for smaller crowds. 
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2016-03-05  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-03-05, By: AnnaG22
Info: Went for a jaunt up Quandary this morning. Surprisingly, mostly still full snow coverage except for a handful of places on the ridge above treeline for 10-20 feet. Trench is completely bomber (considering I counted 50 cars in the lot afterward, no surprise as to why) and snowshoes are completely unnecessary. That said, I would highly recommend microspikes and an ice axe. Yeah, it's Quandary. But the snow is bulletproof and there's lot of evidence of people glissading...if you don't have an arrest device, stopping is going to be ugly. I saw a group of four glissading without axes or even poles-- one of them lost control and crash landed in rocks. How he didn't break a leg, I have no idea. It was scary to witness. For the skiers and boarders: I'm guessing you're not expecting powder, but if you get out tomorrow, you'll have a very fast cruiser descent. After the snow comes...? Je ne sais pas. 
2016-02-28  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-29, By: aflaim
Info: My partner and I got a late start at 9:00am, but the trail was hard packed and frozen which made for an easy hike on microspikes. Snowshoes were never necessary. The weather was significantly better than the reports from yesterday; almost dead calm all the way to the summit with very warm temperatures. We saw one mountain goat grazing about 10m off the trail at 13,500 feet or so, and saw another 8 or 9 goats very near the trail at a similar elevation during the descent. We summited at around 12:00pm, and were able to do some glissading on the way down. The weather was flawless so we took our time, arriving back to the parking lot at around 3:00pm. 
2016-02-27  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-27, By: Tlorbets
Info: 8am start, great hard packed trail all the way from TH to summit. Spikes are necessary! No snowshoes are needed. Very windy to the the summit, wind was so bad I had crawled the final 100 yards so I didn't blow off. Calmed down for the decent. Easy hike, took 5 hrs total. Pictures show trail conditions. 
2016-02-27  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-27, By: jimwei
Info: No need for snowshoes on the trail. Very windy the top 1,000 ft between 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM when I was there. Tons of people. I wouldn't go without spikes but the guy just ahead me was wearing Merrell Jungle Moc without any traction devices and he made it. Maybe he has mountain goat genes. 
2016-02-26  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-28, By: djacobson
Info: Started about 8am - approximately 20 or so folks were there throughout the hike. Parking lot was small so recommend getting there early. Trail was snow packed to the summit and easy to follow. Spikes and poles were extremely helpful particularly on the last ~1000 feet or so. If you have a small butt sled I'd bring it - great sledding on the way down! We saw 4 mountain goats on the main trail and they didn't seem to care that we were 10 feet away. Took us about 5 hours RT but had a few first-time winter/14er hikers with us. Gorgeous day and hike! 
2016-02-24  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-25, By: RobertKay
Info: There is a very firm trench from the parking lot to the summit. We skinned most of the way up but left the skis at about 13,000' due to crazy high winds and very bad snow for skiing. Another party skied down from the top but it looked ugly. The wind was 50 mph at about 12,500' according to a person we met who had a wind gauge with him and it was much stronger than that on top. I was genuinely concerned about being blown off the ridge. 
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2016-02-21  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-22, By: kbrenner326
Info: Hiked up the east ridge- the trail was well packed from a lot of use over the weekend. We only needed microspikes to get all the way to the peak. There were a lot of hikers on the trail. Low winds even on the peak and it was sunny and clear the entire hike. We started the hike at 11am and were at the trailhead by 5pm. Gorgeous views from the top- an excellent winter 14er! 
2016-02-20  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-21, By: NickJohnson
Info: We made the ascent in just microspikes, but there were a handful of spots snowshoes would have been nice. Yet if I had to do the hike over again, I still don't know if I would have taken snowshoes. Coming down was rough in spots as the route was heavily trafficked that day and it tore up the packed snow, but all in all, the lack thereof didn't slow us down too much. We only postholed a dozen or so times. Winds were pretty brisk after treeline and quite gusty on the summit, leaving my fingers achy and frozen after only a short period of exposure. Left crowded TH at 7:30am, summitted by 10:45am, and arrived back at car at 1pm. 
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2016-02-13  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-14, By: abreibart
Info: Arrived at 7AM with 3/4 of parking lot full. Four hours later, both sides of road were full of cars. Skied east ridge. Below tree line, warm loose snow, with no wind. Near tree line and Above tree line. Moderate winds transported snow into east bowl. Booted up to 13,500 and skinned to summit. Good hard pack to the top. Ski back down was variable hard pack with "lord of the boards" type of skiing below tree line to the T.H. 
2016-02-13  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-13, By: AcornMan
Info: There hasn‘t been any snow on Quandary for about a week and a half, so the trail is a very well defined hard-packed trench all the way to the summit. Or just follow all the dog crap cairns and frozen urine. Seriously, it‘s like one big public restroom up there right now. No snow shoes are necessary, but microspikes are essential. For some reason, as you emerge from the tree line, the well beaten path takes a sharp right (north) turn, which is odd because the actual trail goes exactly the opposite direction. Oh well, it all leads to the same place. Lots of people hauled skis and snowboards up Quandary today, but the conditions looked horrible for that. Not nearly enough snow, and very icy. They didn‘t look like they were having much fun. 
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2016-02-06  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-07, By: AcornMan
Info: Despite all the recent snow, there was a well-defined and relatively hard-packed trench from the parking lot until the trees become more disperse. Microspikes are highly recommended for this first section. From there, I found no tracks at all because the wind had erased them. Snowshoes were absolutely essential from that point until the first level spot, where there was a lot of exposed rock. I did fine without snowshoes from that point on, but I turned back just short of the false summit because one of my mittens blew away, so I can‘t comment on conditions higher than that. There were about fifty people behind me, and they packed down the trail that I blazed through the powder so much that I didn‘t need snowshoes at all during my descent. I still recommend bringing snowshoes though, because there‘s no telling how much drifting snow has been deposited by the wind. This was my second trip to Quandary this winter, and both times the trail completely disappeared in the same place. There must be something about the way the snow gets deposited that covers people‘s tracks there. 
2016-02-04  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-04, By: dthurmer
Info: Did the East Ridge today on touring skis. Deep snow down below treeline (some guy behind us postholed all the way up on foot when we were coming down). Harder packed up top (and not very deep snow anyways). No avalanches seen on Quandry, but you could hear the "thumps" of snow settling all around. 
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2016-01-24  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-01-25, By: skywalker993
Info: Trail is well-packed until you leave the trees, then it fumbles around a bit with several short-cuts zigzagging the apparent main trail. The trail clears up after a few hundred yards and is stable to the summit. Snowshoes not required but microspikes and trek poles were very useful. Summited at 11am, peak temp was subzero with windchill: intermittent clouds and snow. 
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2016-01-23  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-01-24, By: Grex
Info: Weather was perfect with fairly minor wind throughout the day. Trail is snow packed for the most part, but there was some post-holing that will definitely warrant snowshoes in the coming weeks. 
2016-01-22  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-01-23, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: There‘s a solid trench to tree line and from 12k to the summit, the ridge has a snow-packed trail. 
2016-01-13  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-01-13, By: AcornMan
Info: Trail is hard packed snow the entire way, but I lost the trail near the tree line ascending and descending because it just kind of disappears for a bit. It looks like people must have scattered at that point. Finding it again wasn‘t too hard though. MicroSpikes are highly recommended. Cramp-ons would probably have helped for the final stretch, but they aren‘t necessary. 
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2016-01-10  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-01-14, By: mlz2000
Info: Microspikes all the way unless you step off the packed trail. 

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