Quandary Peak  
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2017-02-21  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-21, By: Tim Edinger
Info: There is a well-established trail that is boot-packed and skinned over for the entire route from Monte Cristo TH to summit. I hiked in snowboard boots without traction devices and had no real problems; some post-holing in a couple of places but nothing major. Micro spikes or crampons could have increased efficiency on the 2nd step onward, but were not necessary to summit. Most folks (and there were 2 dozen on the trail today) were skinning the entire route. I was the only snowboarder, I believe. There's not a lot of soft snow to ski. Most of the route is hard packed and fairly fast and there is significant Sastrugi throughout the route. There are some powder stashes close to the ridge that are fun if you are experienced enough to be able to read the snow. Fun! 
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2017-02-20  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-21, By: carlschaefer
Info: with fresh snow on the 19th snowshoes are needed above treeline, and recommended shortly above the trailhead. I saw a couple people with just microspikes, but also walked over a lot of post holes... 
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2017-02-18  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-20, By: Marmot96
Info: There is a solidly packed trail for the entire length of the ridge and below treeline. Many people were using micro spikes, and I was fine with just ski boots going up. Skiing the face is great right now and also saw some people skiing the ridge directly from summit to TH. Snow was super firm and jarring, but beats walking down anyday! 
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2017-02-17  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-17, By: vanessamoyle
Info: Firm packed trail from th to summit. Microspikes advised. 
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2017-02-16  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-16, By: chrisrikli
Info: Firm consolidated snow from the trailhead all the way to the summit. Brought snowshoes, never put them on. However most others were on snowshoes or skis. Forgot my microspikes but it was no big deal except for a few icy sections below the treeline. Glissaded a good portion of the decent above the treeline. Would still recommend showshoes, microspikes and an ice axe to glissade. 
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2017-02-12  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-13, By: AnnaG22
Info: full snow coverage at present, though a few spots are thin. good skin/boot track to treeline. with the recent fresh snow, looks like snowshoes would be preferable if not skiing. 
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2017-02-01  Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-01, By: Alan Arnette
Info: boot path from parking lot to summit. Used microspike to treeline and snowshoes just above since I took the direct line to the ridge, but spikes can get you up and down. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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