Nice trail for somebody like me who is new to fourteeners. Parking situation at Monte Cristo Gulch is really frustrating and the crowds can be overwhelming, but still a nice hike.
My third fourteener and my 11-year-old son's second. We started at 5:40AM and were the second group on the mountain. We reached the peak by 9:00AM and spent 30 minutes on the top, the fourth group up there. On the way down we encountered probably 200 people. We were back to the trailhead a few minutes after noon. It started raining by 1:00PM. I would think a lot of folks got rained on. Like always, start early!
Started at 6:45am with about 6 other cars in the parking area. The trail is a well beated path up to the talus field, which seems to go on forever. Had a brief spell of rain, which gave way to blue skies. Dark clouds threatened as we approached the summit with about 1,000ft to go, but blew over. Took us three hours to summit, keep in mind we're flatlanders from Minnesota. There was no snow to speak of on the East Slopes Trail, very windy and chilly up on top, stopped for about 20 minutes before heading back down. The wildflowers seemed to be in full bloom and we had great views on the way down. Total time up and down was 6 hours, which included a few stops and photo ops. Beta available online at the Arapahoe National Forest ranger station in Dillon, CO, on Hwy. 6 in Silverthorne and also online at their web site. Happy Trails.
Another great 14'er hike in God's country! The weather was a bit cloudy and cool (45-50 degrees) for a 7:30 AM start. The trail up was straight forward through the trees to above tree line and my first overall view of Quandary. There weren't too many people ahead of me (fortunately) - it took about 2 hours to summit and shared the summit with 5 people and 1 dog. After 45 minutes on top enjoying the low cloud formations and viewing the people train nearing the summit, I decided to start down. Still amazes me to see people not too prepared for the mountains - jeans, cotton t-shirts, little food/water, etc. Trip down was uneventful other than watching the building clouds for a storm that never materialized. Another great hike - back to the mountains after 4th of July!
Want something different? Try the West Ridge. Very worth it.
Extremely busy, I think we passed a crew of 30 people all at once at one point during the hike. Pretty enjoyable and some nice scenery, but all of the loose rock got annoying after a while (seemed like there was more of this than other fourteeners I've done so far).
Soooo many people on the trail, but it was a really fun hike with great views.
Got up over 13,000 and was nailed by very bad lightning, snow, and hail storm. Lots of post holing on way down, knew I should've taken the snow shoes.
Snowshoed up with a friend on a perfect winter day. It must've been 40 degrees at the summit, but without a trace of wind. It felt warmer than it typically does on a summer day, but maybe that's just from having on winter clothes.
Cold and drizzle all the way up and down. No view to speak of. We passed a 75 year old man and his 50ish son near the top. I hope I'm still going at that age!
Climbed from McCullough Gulch on Main Trail in the morning. The skies were clear, the weather was pleasant and the winds were light and sweet. Some wet snow left on the peak. This is my 18th successful summit. I guess that makes me a noob eh?
The skiing was highly variable in the upper bowl, but the lower had some better snow. Minor potential for avy in the lower bowl but we deemed it safe.
Very cool climb, lots of false summits. I was lucky enough to hitch a ride back to my car at Mayflower Gulch.
First mountain climb, first 14er.
I used to live in Breck, and this peak is a personal fav
I climbed this one alone. Based off of some bad route description (not from this site, good job guys), I wondered up a trail which quikly faded to loose, ankle-breaking rock missles.
Got about halfway up and peeled off all the layers. Snow was getting soft near the top but all in all this was a terrific climb. Great glissade down the route to finish it off!
Got some great turns at the top, wish the snow had been continuous.
Rock on girl!
Only a small bit of snow at the top. Great weather and a pleasant hike.