"Quarter Peak"  
Condition Updates  
Route: From Cataract Gulch
Posted On: 2022-06-01, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: Needed microspikes to safely cross the iced-over logs on the Cataract Gulch trail in the early morning cold. No issues getting to the north ridge, but one steep ribbon of snow is still choking the gully below the false summit. Everything is super loose and I would advise a helmet, even when dry. Managed to get around the snow with some short Class 3. Should be better in a week or so. For descent, chose to drop down the northwest gully between true and false summit and contour from there. Still very loose, but no snow and no exposure. Was able to work back over to the ascent route below the crux in a matter of a few minutes on rolling rocks. Saw nobody on the peak or trail all day. Beautiful day! Half looks stunning from Quarter! 
Route: From Cataract Lake
Posted On: 2021-08-19, By: supranihilest
Info: From Cataract Lake I headed northwest across tundra and through willows. The willows weren't as bad as they appeared from a distance. I stayed west/climber's left of the various cliffs on the way, staying on tundra until about 13,200 feet. I then dropped down north of a cliff on chalky rock into the basin east of "Quarter"'s impressive south ridge. This basin was full of awful, loose talus and various ups and downs on lobes of the small rock glacier contained within it. It was slow and tedious hiking and basic scrambling to gain the north ridge and cross over to the west side of it; it would be easiest to contour around it entirely staying on tundra as much as possible before crossing to the west side. Once there there are two options - stay low on steep, very loose talus until you're below a large notch just north of the summit, then scramble up to the summit (Class 2, maybe a few moves of Class 2+, all very loose) or climb up to the ridge crest as soon as possible on extremely loose rock with small ledges (Class 2+ with a few moves of Class 3), then traverse the ridge direct across the notch (Class 2) and up to the summit. I took the latter option up and the former down. Both sucked with loose junk. Once back down the ridge I didn't take my route back through the basin, instead staying on tundra until I got back to the Cataract Gulch trail. This was about 800-1,000 feet of extra elevation gain but saved me the trouble of hiking back across the junk in the basin. A thought having done it this way: "Quarter" is best done looped with Half Peak and Point 13,164 starting and ending at Square Gulch and Cuba Gulch (or vice versa). If done by itself like this from Cataract Gulch it's either best done as a day trip via the grassy east slopes, and if going to Cataract Lake it might be easiest to drop the camp pack, hike up "Quarter", and return to your pack before finishing the backpack to the lake. Again, this is a bit more vert but avoids the horrible rock in the basin east of the peak. 
Route: East slopes
Posted On: 2021-04-03, By: bmcqueen
Info: Went from Cataract TH and found a decent trench most of the way to our turn-off. We still needed snowshoes as the snow was getting soft. From the turn-off to Quarter, the snow became more firm and supportive. We went up steep snow to the false summit, down climbed off that, then climbed the final steep snow slope to the summit. Crampons and axes were needed for the false and true summit snow climbs. 
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Route: From Cataract Gulch
Posted On: 2020-10-19, By: WildWanderer
Info: Summer conditions. Small areas of avoidable snow on north side. 
Route: Cataract Gulch Trailhead
Posted On: 2020-07-20, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. Snow totally avoidable. 
Route: E slopes to N ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: d_baker
Info: Started at 5am, "bright eyed and bushy tailed!" ;-) No problems on Cataract Gulch trail. First creek crossing was shallow enough to barely rock hop. Squirellysquirrel just walked through the creek. After/at top of Cataract Falls, the trail crosses back to E side but we stayed on the W side on an older trail, and it worked out and we reconnected with trail at/near terminal of rock glacier. Cont. on standard trail a little farther, until we could see clear line up east slope of "Quarter Pk" /13,674' and then took the path of least resistance. No snow. Came across a fresh baby elk kill, and an adult female elk, which appeared to have possibly broken her neck, probably trying to defend calve from predators. Likely within the last 24hrs. The adult elk had yet to be eaten, and was not stiff yet. An interesting find. Anyway... Gained N ridge, and started our ascent. There was a couple of gullies with snow, and we crossed one short section at the top of snow, and then hugged rock in between snow moat. A little tight but it worked. Turned a corner a did a short easy but loose scramble to get to ridge proper. From there, we went to false summit and also noticed a lower "trail" on W slopes from where we came up. Descended into notch between twin summits, and continued S to true summit. No issues. A couple spots of minor class 3, some loose rock on ledges to be mindful of. Returned to notch between twin summits, and contoured around W slopes back to the N ridge, and descended E slopes. Started at 5am, summit by 11:30. Back to TH by 4ish I think. 4000'+ gain. No need for axe or traction, imo. I carried my light axe but never considered getting it out. We did carry helmets and wore them on ridge to summit. 
Route: From cataract
Posted On: 2019-07-12, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: Summer conditions, some snow on the upper mountain but can walk around the steeper parts and do not need any snow equipment 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2018-06-12, By: HikerGuy
Info: Traversed across the east slopes from Half Peak to join the standard route up from Cataract Gulch. I used doggler's GPX track and it was spot on. Once I reached the ridge I found the easy Class 2+ passage on the west side blocked by a snow field. I didn't have my ice axe. I considered what appeared to be more difficult Class 3/4 options, but didn't have my helmet. So being solo and ill prepared, I retreated. I imagine the snow field will be gone in a week or two. 

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