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How to Run Quandary Peak
Just immediately on the right after turning off the highway, or, take the dirt road down another 100 yards for a small parking lot as well. The trailhead for Quandary is well marked about 200 yards from the gate on the dirt road [1 & 2]. Do not park in front of houses when you come off the highway. Ticketing and towing is common if you do! There is only one trail up the East Ridge of Quandary. In the first quarter mile, you’ll pass a couple of old service roads that are overgrown. There are signs that indicate the proper trail, though, the trail is obvious [4 & 5]. At mile 1.1 @ 11,750ft, you’ll leave treeline and have a clear view of the summit and its ridge, which you’ll climb up in a near straight line [15 & 16]. Beyond the summit  the mountain becomes steep and exposed, with falling risks. Return back the same way you came up.
Even in summer months, this peak can experience extremely variable weather. Go prepared.
Climbing your first mountain or 14er is an exciting and rewarding experience! You’ll get the achievement of seeing the world from above and the feel-goods of the endorphins from the exercise. However, the mountains aren’t a walk in the park, and getting down is mandatory. Some situations require extra caution and a little know how. With a bit of preparation, you’ll be able to get to the summit and back safely.
Whether you are training for a race or simply indulging in all the wilderness has to offer, there are a variety of factors, some constant, and some changing, that are likely to have an impact on your journey. Knowing these factors can help ensure your safety and get you back to the trailhead safely.