Quandary Peak - East ridge

3 reviews #1 hike out of 486 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.


Sights to See


    Rate this Hike

    user_profile
    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    user_profile
    2 months, 1 week ago
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    user_profile
    7 months, 2 weeks ago
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Public Tracks

user_profile
sachiarya 8 months, 2 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>
user_profile
Hiking Habit 2 years, 3 months 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
user_profile
Jack Toland 2 years, 9 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.
user_profile
rockchucksummit 2 years, 3 months ago
Quandary
First 14ker Hiked. Wrote up blog post: https://rockchucksummit.com
user_profile
aawatt 5 years, 3 months ago
Track (25/07/2014 06:21:36)
Morning climb to Quandary Peak 4348mtr
user_profile
KidMidnight 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Track (7/21/19, 6:17:21AM)
My Quandary -East Ridge
user_profile
petercartwright 3 months ago
Quandary Peak
Started at 6:09 am
user_profile
ZachTucker 4 days, 1 hour ago
user_profile
tim.peters 2 months ago
user_profile
mpaulson 2 months, 1 week ago
user_profile
mikemuschello 2 months, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
ChrisMitchell6953309ad3994662 2 months, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
sstanzel 2 months, 3 weeks ago
user_profile
SydneyWeeks 2 months, 3 weeks ago
user_profile
marisa.abrahams 2 months, 4 weeks ago
user_profile
kurtlozier 3 months, 1 week ago
user_profile
sjm3399 3 months, 1 week ago
user_profile
Lucas Worthen 3 months, 1 week ago
user_profile
hagersr59 3 months, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
jsnolan312 3 months, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
sdmoore53 3 months, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
Kyle Logan 3 months, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
Rachel Davidson 5 months ago
user_profile
Coloradams 7 months, 1 week ago
user_profile
sachiarya 8 months, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
LexiBerger 1 year, 2 months ago
user_profile
capnmike 1 year, 3 months ago
user_profile
JTipp 1 year, 4 months ago
user_profile
Jenn Jen 1 year, 5 months ago
user_profile
oscarnbarbara 1 year, 5 months ago
user_profile
ChrisEarley 1 year, 5 months ago
user_profile
CheapCigarMan 2 years ago
user_profile
Kayla Moreland 2 years, 3 months ago
user_profile
James Robberson 2 years, 3 months ago
user_profile
Peter Špina 2 years, 4 months ago
user_profile
davidcampos24 2 years, 6 months ago
user_profile
camkelley 2 years, 7 months ago
user_profile
camkelley 2 years, 7 months ago
user_profile
Tao Wang 2 years, 7 months ago
user_profile
Sam Braverman 2 years, 8 months ago
user_profile
jchapell 3 years, 1 month ago
user_profile
Ashli 3 years, 2 months ago
user_profile
ashli 3 years, 2 months ago
user_profile
mnelson 3 years, 2 months ago
user_profile
scott.butterfield.31 3 years, 3 months ago
user_profile
Kobie Botha 3 years, 3 months ago
user_profile
jennifermg 3 years, 3 months ago
user_profile
Ed Pfromer 3 years, 3 months ago
user_profile
Spence V 3 years, 4 months ago
user_profile
HannahBear5280 3 years, 5 months ago
user_profile
Matthew Hart 3 years, 7 months ago
user_profile
Burchenal 3 years, 7 months ago
user_profile
Motörhead 3 years, 9 months ago
user_profile
Michael Weisberg 3 years, 10 months ago
user_profile
agentschmidt 3 years, 11 months ago
user_profile
david 4 years, 4 months ago
user_profile
wtommey 4 years, 8 months ago
user_profile
kazphotographer 5 years, 2 months ago
user_profile
Brad 5 years, 4 months ago
user_profile
Drew Fuller 5 years, 9 months ago
user_profile
Greg 6 years, 2 months ago