Quandary Peak - East ridge

2 reviews #1 hike out of 435 in
3.1 mi
Distance
1 hrs 2 min
Time
terrain
3,248 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult one way trail to Quandary Peak in White River National Forest.

This is one of the shorter hikes of the Colorado "14ers", therefore usually a very busy, popular summit, even when snow is present. But as with all the high peaks the high elevation makes it a difficult hike especially to those not acclimatized. There is nothing exceptional about the hike, but at the right time of the year, mountain goats may be seen and of course in summer, lots of wildflowers. As with all the higher peaks, the views are great of surrounding mountains.

Be mindful of the quickly changing weather and be prepared for cooler temps and wind even in summer. Get out early to avoid potential thunderstorms.

Most of the hike follows a broad ridgeline to the top.

Getting Started

To access the trailhead it is just a short drive south from Breckenridge. There is a trailhead parking lot that fills quickly, and also an overflow parking lot next to the highway. Arrive early even on weekdays.

Taking Children

This trail is suitable for older children accustomed to hiking.


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sachiarya 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Quandary Peak Ridge Route
<div class='gmap-infowindow-description'><span class='gmap-infowindow-subheader'>East Ridge<br><br></span><a target='_blank' href='https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=quan1&peak=Quandary+Peak'>View Route Description</a><br><a target='_blank' href='https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/download.php?file=quan1.gpx&type=routegpx''><img src="https://www.14ers.com/images/icon_download_medium.png" border=0 width="12" height="12" title="Download" alt="Download">&nbsp;GPX File</a><br><a target='_blank' href='https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/download.php?file=quan1.kml&type=routekml'><img src="https://www.14ers.com/images/icon_download_medium.png" border=0 width="12" height="12" title="Download" alt="Download">&nbsp;KML File</a><br></div>
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Hiking Habit 2 years, 1 month ago
5.0 - Quandary Peak
Rating: 5.0 of 5.0 Difficulty: 4.5 of 5.0 Solitude: 2.0 of 5.0 Distance from Littleton: 2h 15m Left trailhead at 3:30 AM. First ones to the top. Saw about 150 people on way down. Weekdays/early; 14er; Exposed; views
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Jack Toland 2 years, 7 months ago
Quandary Peak (Ski) 2/4/17
Skin + ski with Andres. Windy and cold but not awful. Summited. Great powder mixed with variable shit.
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rockchucksummit 2 years, 2 months ago
Quandary
First 14ker Hiked. Wrote up blog post: https://rockchucksummit.com
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aawatt 5 years, 1 month ago
Track (25/07/2014 06:21:36)
Morning climb to Quandary Peak 4348mtr
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KidMidnight 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Track (7/21/19, 6:17:21AM)
My Quandary -East Ridge
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petercartwright 1 month, 1 week ago
Quandary Peak
Started at 6:09 am
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