Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak, Breckenridge: Address, Quandary Peak Reviews: 5/5

Quandary Peak
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MPAO
Boulder, CO8 contributions
Steep and Deep.
Aug 2021
Just remember that you've only done half of the work once you get to the top. This is a well-maintained, beautiful hike (east ridge) but it is steep and rocky especially for the last push. Plenty of talus and scree. Views are pretty unbeatable once you hit treeline. Be aware of the new parking regulations and make your life easier by snagging a reserved space below the trailhead.

Coming down the mountain, like any other 14er, is as physical as it is mental. Brace yourself for how long it will take and make sure you take plenty of water, snacks, and breaks if you are new to 14ers or have kids along for the ride. Enjoy!
Written August 8, 2021
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Beth K
Grapevine, TX83 contributions
Amazing Hike
Aug 2020 • Family
This is an amazing hike. Not for beginners or small children. It took us about 3 hours to the top. It’s very steep at the top and rocky but well worth the views. Absolutely beautiful. Take water and a few snacks and of course a camera!!!!!!!!! You won’t be disappointed.
Written August 12, 2020
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Ramil
Houston, TX250 contributions
Very challenging in winter.
Nov 2019
The hike is very challenging in winter, especially if you are going solo. Other than that worth every minute.
Written December 7, 2019
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Annie
5 contributions
Amazing views at top!
Aug 2019
A great hike, very rocky in parts so wear good shoes. Poles are very helpful. Views were outstanding at the top. Trail can be crowded on the weekends.
Written September 15, 2019
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christopherclayman
Rainelle, WV11 contributions
Great first 14er!
Aug 2019
Great first 14er. Hit the trail early, we hit it at 5AM. Expect to climb for 2-3 hours, constantly getting steeper. Not to much of a scramble at the top, but the oxygen does seem to get thinner as one goes. It is doable for most fitness levels.
Written August 7, 2019
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Rico
Fort Lauderdale, FL18 contributions
Check your 14er off the list
Jul 2019 • Solo
Debated on Quandary vs. Grays/Torrey’s up until climb day. Picked Quandary due to conditions on Grays. Arrived at 5:40am, climb goes vertical right out of the gate. About 2 hours in we hit the ridge. Another hour of 1000ft of vertical scramble and hit the summit before 9am. Stunning 360° views of the Rockies. It’s a hard climb, but doable for most fitness levels.
Written July 4, 2019
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summitachiever
Chicago, IL6 contributions
Dog Friendly
Jul 2018
Get to the trail head about 5 in the morning for a parking spot. You can be up and down in less than 6 hours. It's a great climb but the path can be narrow for people passing going up and down. Keep the pooches on the lead for everyone's safety. My dog did great and the path is very well marked. This is a popular 14er and well worth the drive.
Written June 15, 2019
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Teresa S
Englewood, CO17 contributions
Stunning
Jul 2018
I lived in Breaking Ridge Colorado in 1976 / Went back last summer to revisit my old haunts. Quandary Peak has always been one of my favorite spots. Such a beautiful area. Aspen Trees framing the peak with a beautiful lake below
Written April 13, 2019
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ColoradoBen1
Denver, CO265 contributions
Quandary in Winter
Jan 2019
This is one of my favorite winter climbs because the trailhead is accessible and most of the climb is at low risk for avalanche (not no risk!).

I suggest that you check on 14ers.com for conditions or call the local forest service for conditions. Depending on how much snow, you will benefit from snowshoes, microspikes and possibly crampons. Be smart and be prepared.

The climb starts at the usual trailhead and moves up the east face of the peak. Stay on the east ridge spine as best you can above tree line. It has the best views and the least avalanche risk. It’s always windy up there so be ready for that. Goggles are very handy!

The saddle at 13,400 feet is a good place to assess your day, stamina, wind speed and conditions. The climb gets much steeper in the last 3/4 mile and the conditions get icier as the wind polishes the into ice. Depending on the wind and ice, getting to the summit stake can be difficult. Every footing step needs to be “game on”! Sometimes, that last 100 yards on the summit ridge is not worth it with howling wind and ice. Be safe and smart!

There is cell service above timberline most of the way to the summit, but the cold will effect your phone battery. I tend to bring GPS because I have started on a clear morning and ended in a white-out afternoon.

One last piece of advice, start with warm water in your bottles with bottle “cozies” so that you can still have sold thing drinkable up there. It will cool down quick! Ha!

No matter how far you get, a good trip is a safe trip. And there is great beer waiting for you in Breck.
Written April 11, 2019
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buckstopper1
Onalaska, WI14 contributions
Great first 14er
Sep 2018 • Solo
This was my first time in Colorado and first 14er. This was a solo trip for me.
I would highly recommend this hike.
I hiked it the first weekend after Labor day Sept 2018. I started before sunrise because I was told parking spots are hard to find. I only encountered a few other hikers before the sun came up. The highlight was seeing a mountain goat.
The weather was perfect. I didn't find it too difficult.
Written March 26, 2019
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