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Quandary Peak, Breckenridge

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Quandary Peak is the highest summit of the Tenmile Range in the Rocky Mountains of North America. It has nearly the same elevation as Castle Peak and Mount Evans. It lies in Summit County and within the White River National Forest about 6mi south-southwest of the town of Breckenridge.The standard route up Quandary Peak is a trail hike (class 1), starting from a trailhead about 1mi north of Hoosier Pass on the east side of the peak. Hence it is a popular fourteener to climb because of the relatively easy ascent and its proximity to Denver and Breckenridge. Quandary Peak is also popular with backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The gentle ascent makes for an easy climb from the east with less danger from avalanche than on many other fourteeners. The other slopes of the peak are steep and appeal to expert backcountry skiers. One such steep ski mountaineering route is the Cristo Couloir.
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  • Hiked this in mid-July. Strenuous but safe. Temps in the mid-40s at the trailhead; very windy at the summit. Shorts are fine, but layers are important. Gloves/hat came in handy at the top. Would defin...  more »
  • Definitely pretty steep on the way up. Make sure to go on some up hill hikes leading up to this hike as it takes some endurance. However, the views from the top were amazing, people very friendly. Saw...  more »
  • Excellent review by StefBevie - nice one! - so just a few things to say. Husband and I hadn't planned to do the hike so we layered most of the clothes we had with us. Glad we did as the weather was ch...  more »

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Where to stay in Breckenridge

Many cabins and lodges take inspiration from the mountains in their design at Breckenridge. If you're there to ski, find a hotel or inn near the slopes that offers ski in/ski out options, or choose lodging along the free shuttle route so you don't have to worry about parking. If you're traveling with a family and are planning to stay a week or so, consider booking a condo or private home with plenty of space to spread out. You'll find small and exclusive bed and breakfasts in the center of town, while sprawling resorts are located away from the main street on the forested mountainside.
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