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Quandary Peak/Blue Lakes

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Quandary Peak/Blue Lakes 

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North side of Quandary Peak.
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Getting There 

Take CO Hwy 9 up Hoosier Pass to County RD 850 up to the lower Blue Lake. In the early season, you can park at a pullout where the road forks, the left fork goes towards a private cabin (do not enter or block) and the right fork goes to upper Blue Lake dam. The Golden Goat Buttress is directly above the fork in the road.

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Quandary Peak/Blue Lakes:
North Star   WI4+ M4-5     Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 900'   North Star
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Featured Route For Quandary Peak/Blue Lakes
Upper step after too much sun. Photo by Fritz Sperry, 11-30-12.

Bourbon Beaver WI2-3 PG13  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Quandary Ice Crag
This flow is the largest on the crag, running around 200 feet from top to bottom making for a full 60 meter pitch. Several WI2 steps lead to a WI3 step at the finish. The bottom and top steps are the largest. This maybe a good climb for multi-pitch practice as large pools exist above each step for ice anchors. A walkoff right down talus and scree would also enable easy laps for bouldering. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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North Face of Quandary in May, during an average-low snow year.
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