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Quandary Peak, Breckenridge

#10 of 51 in Outdoors in Breckenridge
Outdoor Activity · Hidden Gem
Quandary Peak is the highest summit of the Tenmile Range in the Rocky Mountains of North America and is the most commonly climbed fourteener in Colorado. It has nearly the same elevation as Castle Peak and Mount Evans. It lies in Summit County and within the White River National Forest about 6 miles (10 km) south-southwest of the town of Breckenridge.

The standard route up Quandary Peak is a trail hike (class 1), starting from a trailhead about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Hoosier Pass on the east side of the peak. Hence it is a popular fourteener to climb because of the relatively easy ascent and its proximity to Denver and Breckenridge. Quandary Peak is also popular with backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The gentle ascent makes for an easy climb from the east with less danger from avalanche than on many other fourteeners. The other slopes of the peak are steep and appeal to expert backcountry skiers.

One such steep ski mountaineering route is the Cristo Couloir.
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  • 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.....  more »
  • The hike is very challenging in winter, especially if you are going solo. Other than that worth every minute.  more »
  • Took us 7 hours with an hour worth of breaks. A lot of people on the trail which was fun to help motivate people. I recommend a hiking pole for the rocks.
  • Excellent first 14er hike! Saw a number of mountain goats. Quite a few hikers even for a weekday. Hiking poles were a great idea.
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