Taken from 14er Quandary Peak, 1
shows the upper portions of this route. From the trailhead, pass a gate and follow the road up to the left. After 0.5 mile, leave the road on a signed trail - 2
. Continue into the forest, over small log bridges and across a boulder field - 3
. Near 11,600', stay right ( 4
) and continue up a rocky hill and to an unnamed lake, at 12,000' - 5
Walk around the right side of the lake and follow the trail up a rocky slope - 6
. Continue to 12,400', just south of a rib which runs west-to-east in the basin below Fletcher Mountain and Atlantic Peak. Enter the upper basin and follow the faint trial west toward Atlantic Peak - 7
. Just north of a small lake (12,555'), turn right and continue north - 8
. Work your way across 1/2 mile of rough talus to reach the base of a slope/headwall, at the northwest end of the basin - 9
. This headwall is the crux of the route.
Look for the easiest section in the center and ascend the loose terrain - 11
. When snow-covered, an axe and crampons are recommended. Near the top, angle left and gain easier terrain at 13,200' - 12
. Hike northwest to reach the ridge connecting Atlantic and Pacific Peaks - 13
. Angle slightly right of the saddle and ascend to the ridge crest - 14
. Hike north along the ridge, bypass a small point near 13,500' ( 15
) and continue up Pacific's south ridge ( 16
) to reach the summit.
If you'd like to add Atlantic Peak on your ascent or descent, leave this route near 13,400' and hike south to reach Atlantic - 13
. Gaining Atlantic and returning to this route adds about 0.75 mile. Refer to Atlantic Peak's Northeast Slope
route for more information and photos of the upper route.