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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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  • This is a good hiking experience only if you’re a fit in a good health do that the trail goes very very long and in our trip we had a couple of teenagers who want to complain at all times, it is not r...  more »
  • Breathtaking literally from the views to the 14k ft peak. This hike was the highlight of our recent trip to breck. We had no clue we would see mountain goats as we learned about this hike from a hikin...  more »
  • The majority of the hike is very clear and easy trails. The difficulty for me was the altitude. I was surprised at how difficult it was to breathe having hiked at 14,000 ft before. The last bit of the...  more »
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  • We hiked Quandary during the winter time, it is a much different 14er than in the other seasons. It is a steep experience for the last couple thousand feet, but well worth it! The views are unbelievable. If there is enough snow, and you are an experienced snowboarder/skier, I highly recommend the quick way down the mountain!
  • The TrailHead was easy to find and had plenty of parking. It's a great hike! Definitely a good 14er to get under your belt if you don't have a tremendous amount of experience. The views are just awesome and I was lucky enough to hike with mountain goats.
  • Quandary Peak is "easy" by 14er standards. It's a Class 1 walkup. In layman's terms that means there's a well-developed trail all the way up. Given its proximity to the Front Range and its relative ease, Quandary Peak is very crowded during the summer and parking is limited. For me personally, doing this hike on the weekend would not be enjoyable at all. Weekdays are slightly less crowded. Still, if you decide to brave the conga line, be on the trail by 7am so you can be off the peak by noon.
  • This hike is great bang for the buck. It can be done in under two hours if you're in good shape and you hurry. It's as beautiful a summit as you can find anywhere.
  • My first 14er. My family's 1st trip to CO. Others say it's easy (experienced hikers were literally jogging past us). For novice hikers, I'd say very difficult. We were prepared with water, clothing, and snacks, etc. It's a long hike and just when you think you've reached the peak, there's more to climb. We almost quit several times. But we did it, and I'm so glad we did. It's just beautiful. And it's so worth it. Take your time going down. Lots of rocks and boulders and loose gravel. And we were so tired that we were slipping and falling if we weren't careful.
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