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Feb 19 2018 hike. Started at 4am. Super windy. Had a ton of struggles with the crampons that I was using. Saw a Snow White ptarmigan! It was awesome!

Made it to false summit around 7am. Was freezing cold and getting blown down. The wind was fierce. Decided to head back. Made it back around 8:45am.

The snow was pretty crunchy.

Hiked 9/21/17.

Definitely doable in a day, but I skipped Bross. It is on private property and they patrol it pretty frequently. I didn't feel like I missed out in any way by not doing it, though. Went up to Democrat, then to Cameron and Lincoln. The summit of Lincoln was my favorite - beautiful 360 degree view. Most of the trail isn't very exposed, but that meant we were caught a little off-guard when the winds got strong up high. Get an early start, 8:00am at the latest. We started late and were rushing to get down before nightfall. This wasn't too difficult of a hike for my first 14ers, just expect it to take awhile. And be sure to acclimate to the altitude as much as possible in advance, and it will go much more smoothly! :)

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1 month ago

I hike this 14er a lot because it is accessible year round to a 2WD vehicle, with the trailhead just off the road from Hoosier Pass. As others say, it gets very busy in the summer and fall.

I hiked up yesterday morning (Jan. 9) and was amazed by the lack of snow. But the trail, which follows the ridge, was almost 95 percent in snow, so I definitely recommend microspikes. A few areas of deep drifts where I was post-holing.

Great climb for the middle of winter. Just wish there was more snow.

Just heard that it is snowing in nearby Breckenridge! Fingers crossed!

easy too many tourists better to do kelso ridge. even an easy winter way up to bag a super awesome couloir

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. A huge snowpack on the upper ridge when hiking it in June made it difficult.

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2 months ago

Did this hike on 12/11 and it was beautiful! We saw Rocky Mountain goats, pikas and marmots which was exciting! We were unfortunately unable to summit because we lost a shoe clamp without either snow shoes or clamps this hike is impossible. A little more difficult than I had expected but easy in 14er standards and really gorgeous. Can't wait to try this hike again!

Summited 12/19. Snow was patchy throughout, very hard packed. No need for snowshoes, but microspikes and poles were a must. Otherwise perfect early winter conditions!

Attempted to summit 12/16. Definitely need at least poles and traction. Would have been preferable with snowshoes above tree line due to deep snow and post holing.

Made it to summit with my son on 12/11. Used micro spikes and poles, very helpful. Very windy and cold at top. 5 hours round trip. Was great fun. Very open hike, rising above tree line early on. Then pretty consistent ascent to top. Views from summit are spectacular!

Did on 12/9 with yak trax and poles. Probably would’ve been easier with crampons, but wasn’t too bad.

Make sure you have poles and spikes. We didn’t and had to turn back, but can’t wait to try again. Challenging especially when you live at 80 feet above sea level.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely a busy trail, so getting to the trailhead as early as you can (before full sunrise) is best. The hard work is worth the breathtaking views! We went in July and there were tons of mountain goats parallel to the trail despite the crowds!

hiking
2 months ago

Made this hike on 12/1 and it was definitely worth it. The temperature wasn't too bad, but the wind was extremely cold and strong at some moments. We didn't need show shoes but microspikes and trekking poles were helpful with the final approach. We saw a heard of mountain goats and only 3 other people!

Definitely recommend yaktrax but it is doable without them if you’re determined!

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2 months ago

Absolutely will be back

hiking
2 months ago

Completed without traction, just a solid pair of winter hiking boots. But it would be faster with spikes.

Super cold when the wind kicks in. You’ll need every layer you have.

hiking
3 months ago

Climbing Quandary was a spectacular experience! Awesome views throughout the whole hike. I met people from all over the world and encountered mountain goats and marmots on the east ridge. The final 1000 feet are rocky and difficult. One must work with 40% less oxygen near the peak. Totally worth it!

Great weather for the trip on 11/12 but the winds would whip in and out near the summit. Be cautious on the summit with gusts. The views are absolutely amazing! Be prepared with water potentially freezing and bring layers, gloves, hat, sunglasses or goggles and all the other items you would need is cold temps. Enjoy!

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