Quandary Peak Trip Report (#11736)
- Signed By: Jordan Clay
- Date submitted: August 01, 2003
This was my choice for the first ascent of a 14er with my three oldest children ages 13, 10 and 8. It would have been a good choice if I had any sense and found the trailhead for the standard route up the east ridge. We parked across from a National Forest Service sign identifying Quandry and broke through soaking wet forest for about an hour before we broke our own trail up over the the main east shoulder of Quandry from the North side of the mountain. We finally joined the well worn trail up the east ridge to the summit. Everyone on the trail had a kind word for my bedraggled kids. They summitted fine and we headed down. They were very jolly about their success, but melted down emotionally about an hour before we got off the mountain. I left the mountain with a very tired and miserable team at the standard trailhead. A couple of nice ladies from Co. Springs gave us a ride back to our vehicle. What should have been a three hour hike stretched into about six hours, but my children feel like they had a real adventure.
If you want an easy first ascent, find the correct trailhead near the top of Hoosier Pass.