Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  09/13/2010
Date Climbed:   09/06/2010
Author:  ypsetihw
 Quandry Peak - East Ridge Standard Labor Day  

Decided to bag Quandry on labor day and make it 11 14ers this summer. Talked a friend into doing it with me, this was his first. We got started fairly late from Denver and got a little confused when trying to locate the trailhead. Here's a tip, if you're coming from Breck, the trailhead is PAST the Quandry Peak sign a bit, at the second switchback starting up Hoosier pass, which has a small sign for 850.

At 8:30 when we arrived the parking was backed up all the way to the main road. We lucked out and got a parking spot directly across from the trailhead. It was extremely busy and there were dozens and dozens of people on the trail.

The vertical starts right away here, climbing up and through the forest until you break treeline. Then it switchbacks through rough scree and small boulders until you gain the ridge, where the wind began picking up. Before the summit ridge I put on gloves, and big wool hat, and a warm windproof jacket, and it was still a bit rough.

There were MANY people unprepared for the temperature and wind on the exposed ridge. This is an easy-to-access and pretty straightforward 14er, but I was amazed at the huge numbers of tourists with basically no gear and insufficient food/water. The first 5 groups we passed coming down had turned back because they weren't mentally or physically prepared for the weather. The gorgeous blue sky was deceiving.

We made summit in 2:19, just after 11am. We spent about 20mins on top but the wind was a bother, so we quickly descended down the summit ridge and made our way back. Total trip 4:30, followed by lunch and beers in Frisco.

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