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3.1 mile 5.1 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,156' 962 m
Descent: -85' -26 m
High: 14,024' 4,275 m
Low: 10,868' 3,313 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 20% (11°)
Max Slope: 40% (22°)
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Avalanche risk for Apr 30, 2019: Moderate

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.

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This is the standard easy route to Quandary Peak summit.

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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

Start at the trailhead, skin up the road for several hundred feet where the trail breaks uphill to the left. Follow the well-developed skin track to the ridge which leads to the big false summit, then it's on to the top. After the false summit, the track gets steeper and can be icy so be careful. If you're slipping backwards, you may have to boot pack it. The summit offers several great ski lines including the easy bowls to the NE.

The angle of the East Ridge and NE bowls is very mild staying at or below 30 degrees; all other routes enter avalanche terrain.

Be careful of weather and wind, they can be severe and because the winds can get so strong, be prepared for mixed snow conditions at the top.

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Feb 24, 2019
Paul Richard
Very windy and cold, but clear. No major trail issues
Dec 5, 2018
Caitlin Sullivan
Did not summit due to high winds. Good coverage - snow was best at lower elevation. 6.1mi — 3h 00m
Apr 1, 2018
Iain Baker
Mar 10, 2018
Jesse Villines
Feb 28, 2018
Zach Ciaglia
Jun 16, 2017
Ryan Overton
May 28, 2017
Ryan Overton
May 27, 2017
Ryan Overton

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