Quandary Peak Climbing Notes
Please submit any useful information about climbing Quandary Peak that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Quandary Peak, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
January 10, 2018
Zack Weaver from United States
First of all, really pleased to find this website with totally accurate forecasts. Made the decision to go based on it and wasn’t disappointed.
1/9/18: Very little snow as the ski resorts are lamenting.
Good hard pack below the tree line and icy in the steep switchbacks above the trailhead. Micro-spikes are ideal.
At and above the tree line as far up as the exposed south-facing east ridge snowshoes came in handy for knee-deep spindrift. Snowshoes (or crampons) totally worth it on the last ~800 vertical feet which is hard packed snow and some ice and quite steep.
Gusty wind. Definitely recommend trekking poles for stability. Otherwise a fun and beautiful moderate level 14’er. 4.5 hours round trip.
Use this site to plan for conditions! It was spot on.
March 26, 2013
Kevin Young from United States
Over half of the climb to the summit is on an exposed (weather) ridge, especially in winter when staying directly on top of the ridge is necessary to avoid avalanche danger on the South side of the ridge. Be prepared for hiking in high winds and cold temps. Goggles are very helpful if you end up dealing with blowing snow.
For winter, snowshoes to the ridge and then microspikes on the ridge to the summit make a good combination.
In the summertime, the long, exposed ridge means you're a long way from safety if a storm/lightning blows in while on the summit. Get up the mountain and back down before afternoon showers.