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Quandary Peak, Breckenridge

Categories: Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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. 
  • What an amazing trip! Read about the hike and do some good planning before you go. You really do need all that water and all those layers and all those snacks. We left at 6 AM in the dark, and ended b...  read more »
  • A great choice for our first 14er! Definitely recommend an early start due to the heavy traffic later in the morning. Goats are very close to the trail so keep your pups on a leash. We had come across...  read more »
  • Quandary is a great hike. It's one of the easier 14er's and not hard to get to being right outside of Breckenridge which does mean it gets pretty busy during summer months. Just like any 14er it takes some time so start early and bring a beer to celebrate your summit. The views are definitely worth it. FYI, if you bring your dog the loose rock can be pretty rough on their paws.
  • Beautiful hike today. The weather wasn't great but I'll try again next time.
  • 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!
  • Likely one of the best maintained 14er trails, and my favorite for taking friends and family up for their first 14er experience.
  • Good place to hike when just getting into mountain hiking. You will however be hiking with hundreds of your closest friends..conga line style. Also, stay on the very well maintained trail, it's for your protection and the protection of the mountain.
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