Quandary Peak Trail

Summit County, Colorado

Distance3.1mi
Elevation Gain3,383ft
Trailhead Elevation10,914ft
Top14,261ft
Elevation Min/Max10914/14261ft
Elevation Start/End10914/10914ft

Quandary Peak Trail

Quandary Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Summit County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 10,914 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,383 feet. The Quandary Peak Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead. There are also information boards. Along the trail there are information guideposts and a wood. The trail ends near Quandary Peak (elevation 14,265 feet).

Quandary Peak Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Climbing and Skiing Colorado's Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Ben Conners and Brian Miller
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"Quandary Peak lies in the Tenmile Range approximately 9 miles southwest of Breckenridge. While the south, west, and north aspects of this uniquely shaped peak are steep and craggy, the east side is gentle and easy to access year-round. These eastern aspects (which can be previewed from Hoosier Pass on a clear day) are a perfect place to hone your skiing and mountaineering skills. The East Face proper is a fine ski route for beginners; in fact it is the most introductory ski descent in this book. The east face of Quandary begins just east of its summit and provides several hundred feet of low-angle, wide-open skiing down to tree line. Depending on the snowpack and time of year, a ski all the way back to your car is very possible." Read more
Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Dave Cooper
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"Most people know Quandary as an easy “walk-up,” possibly as a snow climb (via the south couloir), or as a good ski-mountaineering objective. Quandary is often one of the first “fourteeners” for people chasing that list. Few know that hidden on the peak’s north side is a delightful scramble with a very alpine feel, away from the crowds. from the south side of the lake. As you ascend this route enjoy good views of the east ridge of Pacific Peak, directly across the valley." Read more

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7/29/2018
The Quandary Peak Trail was surprisingly more difficult than I thought. After leaving tree line, the boulder field and scree were monotonous and tricky . My entire family was able to reach the summit at 10:45 am on Fri., July 21st. ( ages ranges from 10 - 60) The most difficult part Quandary Peak was going downhill after reaching the summit. Carpe Diem, Craig Marshall
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8/18/2010
Very good 14er. It was the second one I have ever done and it was amazing. It was a little cold up there at 7:15 in the morning.
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7/15/2008
Really nice trail all the way up, but weekday or weekend lots and lots of people. And be ready for a lot of false summits.
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6/28/2007
Our first fourteener! Hiked with my wife, daughter and son (11 & 12) took us quite a bit longer than the 4+ hours indicated in the summary. We had to stop a lot to catch our breath (and take pictures) as we got higher up and rested a good half hour for lunch near the summit. Ended up at the bottom about 6.5 hours after starting.
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Trail Information

Summit County
Nearby City
Moderate
Skill Level
White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Map #109: Breckenridge / Tennessee Pass; USGS: Breckenridge.
Local Maps