Quartz Hill has been on my radar ever since I first skied the Sunshine Meadows way back in 2007 with a large group trip up Twin Cairns. Well, almost exactly a decade later and I was back for my first real attempt. I briefly considered scrambling up the ridge while backpacking along the NE face of it on my way towards Howard Douglas Lake and Citadel Pass back in the fall of 2016 but a closure forced me to reconsider that idea. I believe that there is now an annual closure in the area, restricting any off trail travel near Howard Douglas Lake and moving Quartz Hill and Ridge towards winter-only (legal) ascents. Healy Pass Peak has this same type of annual closure going on, presumably to protect the fragile alpine meadows which do not easily rebound from human tracks.
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