I led this trip with 4 other hikers through meetup.com. The place was a madhouse. We arrived at the trailhead just after 6AM, and there were already a whole bunch of cars parked along McCullough Gulch Road, and more coming in behind us. We reached the summit around 8:45 and there was a good sized crowd up there. There is still some snow up on the summit ridge. Weather was great, a little windy up top, but it was sunny, with great views. When we got back down to Point 13146, we could see a great big conga line of people headed up to the summit. We saw a couple of mountain goats hanging around the trail on the way down. A great day all in all.
One of the easiest winter forteeners. Great glissade on the way back.
Short climb only about four hours but very cold and windy. Could only see about ten feet in front of me the entire way. Went with a friend but we both were out of each others site for most of the climb. thank god for GPS.
Nice, easy hike. Spectacular view. Wish I had my dog along--she would have loved it!
Came to within a hundred feet of the summit via the standard eastern ridge. The wind was oppressive and limited visibility to approximately 20 or 30 feet. Very worth while though as it proved extremely gratifying have made it as far as we did!
Great hike. Good weather and the friendly Quandary Dog Horton made for a fun day.
Easiest 14'er to date. Large Crowd.
Up and down in 5 hrs. 14er #3 for me.
Caught it on a not so busy day last summer, one of the better days on a 14er.
Last day of winter/first day of spring. Great weather.
Me and Joe climbed Quandary coulior as a winter ascent. Weather was pretty good, snow was stable in most places. Approach took almost 5 hours--postholing to the waist almost every step. Had some mismangements in hydration--only 1/2 L of H20 car to car in 12 hours for me. Good to know my body functions well under stress and dehydration at altitude, though. No real complaints. Just another great alpine day.
Wife, dog and I.
Very windy. Got sick towards the top but made it and was greeted with a beautiful view. A long day though. Great winter climb!
The best 14er to climb during the winter.
The first half of the climb was fine, but after we got above treeline, conditions horrified, and I found myself almost dying from exhaustion, postholing my way up the East Ridge in whiteout visibility, howling winds, and blowing snow, not to mention the 10+ false summits. I barely made it just before I was going to tell myself to turn around! No views, stayed but two minutes on top, then booked it down. Fun day of suffering!
I was hoping to bring my 9yo son up this peak (for his 2nd 14er), but he overslept after we went to a double-header Rockies game in Denver the day before. I took it very easy on this hike and reached the summit with no problem. By far, the easiest 14er I've ever done. I ran the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon the next day in 1:25. Glad I didn't overdo it on Quandary the day before. The mood was rather somber on the peak of Quandary... the body of a hiker had been found the day before on this mtn. He had fallen while climbing off the trail on a different route.
This was my 30th climb of Quandary. There was a fresh blanket of from the day before. It was a nice day so much of the snow on the lower mountain had melted into slush and mud for the trip down.
Beautiful day for a solo trip up the east ridge.
A lovely short jaunt up a relatively easy 14er. Still I felt the altitude and was stalked by several goats.
Marni and I played hooky from work and climbed this as our 3rd 14er together. Fun going up, sick of the steps on the way down. I think I'd only do the east ridge again in the snow. Still a fun and pretty climb overall.