Quandary Peak is the highest peak in the Ten Mile Range. It is a popular destination, just 8 miles outside the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. It is the easiest winter 14er due to the heavy traffic and obvious route most of the way, with no dangerous drop offs when sticking to the trail. The summit provides great views of other nearby 14ers Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Cameron, Mt. Democrat, and Mt Bross to the south. To the north you see Pacific and Crystal Peak, as well as the Gore Range in the distance.
- Trailhead: Quandary (East Ridge)
- Round trip: 6.75 miles / 10.9 km
- Elevation: 10,850′-14,265′ (+3,415′) / 3,307m – 4,348m (+1,041m)
The trail begins climbing immediately through dense forests. After about 0.3 miles there is a large boulder to the right of the trail, turn right. The trail is clear during the summer months, but in the event that it is covered with snow it’s easy to miss this turn. After gaining about 700′, you’ll start to pass through some clearings, some of which are fairly flat, at 11,300′.
You reach tree line quickly at this point providing better views. The ridge pops into view around 11,800′. The trail starts alongg the left side of the ridge. Follow the switchbacks up towards the ridge crest. From here the summit is visible. Angle left along some flats to stay on the ridge. From here the trail gets rockier and steeper. At 13,400′ ft trail stops switchbacking and heads straight up to the summit straight ahead.
Road to the trailhead is open in winter.