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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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  • We got a tip from a local that this was the best place she would take visitors. Drive past the trail head or parking area along dirt road to the dam. This is quite easy to drive. Once at the dam there...  more »
  • Nothing short of amazing!!!! DO's & DONT's 1. Wake before daybreak and be ready to start at first light 2. Try to keep a steady pace, and avoid lengthy stops....your legs will thank you, and you are m...  more »
  • Beautiful hike- not too crazy difficult (for a 14er) but can get tough toward the top. Beautiful every step of the way, through the pines & aspens to above the treeline. Steep but walkable. 
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  • Limited parking and two portable toilets. Get there early (before 7am) to get a space. There are two parking lots, one tiny one next to the trail head and one slightly larger immediately as you turn off the highway. You can also park on the road up to the trail head, but only if you are there much earlier than 6:30am. Great hike, clear route, the parking lots are small and fill up quickly, and use the restroom before you arrive!
  • what a great hike. mid 30s, better than average shape, from s/e texas (i live at essentially zero elevation) and this hike was TOUGH mid october. was told by some locals to expect 5.5 hour round trip and it wound up taking 7.5 between myself and wife with lots of breaks along the way. that said, once the peak was hit its one of the biggest senses of accomplishments i can remember. what an absolutely amazing view.
  • Parked here for Quandry Peak, the highest point in CO! The road leading to the trailhead is a bumpy one but overall good hike and somewhat challenging. Well worth it once you get to the top
  • Great hike to get an amazing sunrise if you start early enough. One of the tougher lvl1 hikes in the area.
  • Strenuous hike for a couple of fit 30-something flatlanders (Iowa natives). But worth it! Get to trailhead early for decent parking. Very busy, even in September.