Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  09/01/2015
Modified:  02/05/2021
Date Climbed:   08/29/2015
Author:  overthe59hill
 Quandary Peak - my 3rd 14er   

I hiked Quandary Peak on the 29th of August, 2015 with a friend. It was a very steep and rocky ascent up the last half mile or so, so that stretch felt like a couple of miles. Most of the trail is pretty rocky. My friend was a great cheer leader when I became exhausted the last several hundred yards. Once we reached the level area just before the summit I got a sudden burst of energy.

We saw a woman, I guess was in her mid-70's or older, slowly progressing up the mountain, using poles, and she made it to the top! She had a younger woman carrying a pack for both of them. Poles are a help going up. My friend uses them but I don't, and really can't when I have my dog on leash.

It is a popular hike. We saw over a hundred to a hundred and thirty people and a couple dozen dogs on a summer Saturday, and there were still some going up mid-afternoon, while we were going down. The weather was excellent. It did not take us long after starting the hike to begin stripping layers one at a time along the way up. It was not too hot and not too cold and there was not even light rain or any thunderstorms all day.

It was very rewarding to stand at the top and view the beauty over north side of the peak during lunch. We left trailhead at 6 a.m. and got back to the trailhead at 6 p.m., and spent 45 minutes at the summit. Our hike took 6 1/2 hours up and 4 3/4 hours down.

I've learned that what makes 14ers more difficult for me is not necessarily the class, but the elevation gain. I found Mt. Bierstadt easier than Quandary Peak, even though Bierstadt was rated class 2 and Quandary class 1. My friend said the same about Mt. Sherman (which I have not done). She found class 2 Sherman easier than class 1 Quandary.

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Comments or Questions

09/01/2015 21:00
Keep up the great play!!


Great Play
09/01/2015 21:07
Yes, it’s a rewarding way to play!

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