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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.

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!

hiking
7 days 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!

hiking
16 days ago

Absolutely will be back

hiking
16 days 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
17 days ago

hiking
25 days 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!

Did this on 11-2-17, you will need traction on the last 1000’ of elevation gain, I used micro spikes and made it up no problem, I saw someone turn around because they didn’t have any. Very windy on the top, I almost got knocked over a few times by the gusts. Amazing views!!!

Easy as far as fourteeners go. No exposure to speak of.