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Address: Hyway 82, Hoosier Pass area, Mount Quandary, Breckenridge, CO
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Tough hike but worth every step

My first hike up a 14er was a challenging one. Don't be fooled by the "easy" rating for Quandary--it was grueling, especially the last bit before the summit. I left the trailhead... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My first hike up a 14er was a challenging one. Don't be fooled by the "easy" rating for Quandary--it was grueling, especially the last bit before the summit. I left the trailhead at 5:30 a.m. on a Friday and only shared the trail with a few people here and there, but mostly felt like I had the trail to myself.... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I climbed this 14er, my first, with my son in August 2015. It has the reputation of being one of the easier 14 thousand foot mountains in Colorado, but the 3500 ft to the summit only takes something over 3 miles, making it unrelentingly steep, except for a long saddle before the final 1000 ft push to the summit. I... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This hike is a butt-kicker but well worth it for the views. We did see mountain goats up close on the flat plain prior to the final summit. That was super cool, but a bit intimidating since they had babies with them. We started at 6:30 a.m. and hit the plain about 3 hours later. Didn't reach the summit this... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We arrived at the trailhead and started hiking at 6:30 am. Ideally, we would have liked to start hiking no later than 5am. Parking wasn't a problem. The hike is a gradual incline until you reach the treeline. We hiked with an 8 year old and, coming from sea level, we had to take lots of breaks. Once above the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Having had many longs hikes in Glacier, I think I underestimated this one. We started out at 9:30am, I think, which, I guess is a little late. We met many people coming down that did not make the summit. It was myself and my wife and my two kids (12,10). To cut to the chase, things started getting tougher after... More 

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Salida, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The trail to the top of Quandary Peak is very clear. It is a steep hike all the way to the summit with very few "breaks". Once you endure the 3300 foot elevation gain in 3.5 miles, you are rewarded with a breathtaking view. If you are lucky, you will encounter some mountain goats that are pretty indifferent to you... More 

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Kingwood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The purpose of our trip to Breckenridge was to climb Quandary Peak. We have climbed, or rather hike, other mountains, but not a 14er. We got to the trailhead at 5:30 AM and it was already crowded. My wife and I, and our son and his friend, started the climb at 5:45 AM. I will admit that I did not... More 

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McPherson, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Got on the trail at around 6:00 AM which was when sunrise occurred for that given day. I was dressed in a synthetic base layer with a fleece shirt on top with shorts on bottom and was fine the majority of the time, but I do recommend bringing another coat on top for the beginning and hat/gloves if the forecast... More 

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Sykesville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Our first 14er. It took 90% of my strength to complete and I'm glad we did it. One in our group started feeling sick and two went down early. Two completed in about 6.5 hours - including lunch, photo stops, and time at top. Start early and bring flashlights if pre-dawn. Bring a jacket, warm hat, and gloves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This has some of the best views of the "easy" 14ers. The trailhead is 2 hours from Denver so that helps to lessen the crowds some; a hundred people on Sunday morning vs hundreds on G&T. The trail starts from a parking lot near the road and follows a ridge all the way to the peak. You'll have views of... More 

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