Quandary Peak (14,265′)

Quandary Peak (14,265′)

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.

StatsRoute DescriptionDirectionsNotes
  • 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.

GPS track

Quandary Peak track along the east ridge

Quandary Peak
Quandary Peak

Pictures

  • Quandary Peak trail in the early morning

    Quandary Peak trail in the early morning

  • First light along the Quandary Peak trail

    First light along the Quandary Peak trail

  • Quandary Peak

    Quandary Peak

  • Nearby peak

    Nearby peak

  • Quandary Peak summit

    Quandary Peak summit

  • Looking back

    Looking back

  • Quandary Peak summit

    Quandary Peak summit

  • Looking at Northstar mountain

    Looking at Northstar mountain

  • View from Quandary Peak

    View from Quandary Peak

  • More views from the summit

    More views from the summit

  • More views

    More views

  • Summit side

    Summit side

  • Heading back

    Heading back

  • Back below treeline

    Back below treeline

  • Summer trailhead

    Summer trailhead

 

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