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35 minutes ago

had a great hike! definitely a challenge for someone that just came up from KS, but doable for sure and the views are worth every bit of it! took me about 2hr and 15min. you’re pretty exposed so i would start early to avoid crowds and the warmer parts of the afternoon.

Great trail. Well marked. Branch out on strawberry lane to go to Vail Village.

This trail is a hidden gem! While you don’t get an Alpine lake, hiking just beyond the cabin to the bowl offers amazing views that rival the sometimes dry lakes and creeks. There’s a fair amount of elevation that steadily climbs throughout the hike out, and it’s much cooler and shaded before noon when the sun is filtered by the trees. There’s some water sources along the way that offer extra shade and a chance to splash water on your face.

I would rate this Moderate Plus. Several tricky spots for younger kids and older folks.

Pretty crowded but the vastness of Quandary makes it okay. Up in 2 hours down in 1.5. Love this 14er.

hiking
7 hours ago

it was a great 14'er to do by myself. nice class 1 at the beginning and then very rocky.

hiking
11 hours ago

Nice trail. Quite a few flowers. We encountered a bit of snow, but manageable.

hiking
13 hours ago

Disclaimer: i regularly hike long trails with high elevation like this.

This is a really beautiful hike. The first 2 miles aren’t too brutal but there are definitely some steep climbing sections. The last mile is brutal as you climb over 1,000 feet of elevation, poles were really nice for thIs part! By the time we got to the top there was a cloud all around us so no great view but still rewarding for me. Going down was hard on my knees as it’s all shale.

Details: took us 3 up, 1 1/2 up. Drank 3L of water, and definitely needed a raincoat. We started at 5 am and got a nice parking spot and views of the sunrise.

FYI: we did see mountain goats on this trail which can get aggressive especially towards dogs, and if it does start to rain/thunderstorm shale, the rock the mountain is made of conducts electricity so highly recommend getting off the mountain as quickly as possible.

hiking
1 day ago

My phone showed 8.8 miles in total instead of 6 miles. Fairly easy 14er. Make sure you layer up and waterproof wears. There was a sleet shower and high wind at 10am for 30 mins while I was still ascending. It was freezing at the summit and even with decent gloves, my finger tips got numb. Packing a hand warmer would be a wise idea. Sun shined back on around 1pm though. Decent took less than 2 hours.

Beautiful trail, easy to access near Frisco just off I70. Our group got to the trailhead early just after 7am so very few others there for a Saturday, but a friend said it gets very busy later. The trail meanders near a small stream that you can walk in if you love the mountain water in summer. Mostly forest punctuated by the occasional meadow with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. I plan to go back in winter because I hear it’s great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

Great day hiking Quandary Peak. Lots of people on trail; clouds rolled by 10am with sleet/snow at the top. I think it is longer than 6 miles as my phone recorded that I walked 9 miles!

hiking
1 day ago

Fantastic trail, but straight up to start. Don’t be daunted, great hiking after you get up off the canyon floor. Some great views, lots a shaded areas and very few bugs. Nice hike, but dedicate a good half day and go early in day if hiking mid-summer season.

I’ve hiked this trail many times...nice moderate trail if you’re in good shape and acclimated to elevation. There is some decent rock scrambling coming and going to the second lake, where you need good shoes and solid footing. I wouldn’t take small children or out of shape friends to the second lake. We saw 19 mountain goats on the hike...a herd of 13 on way to second lake, which was spectacular! Also saw around 10 marmots sunning themselves on rocks along the trail. Please leash your dogs so you don’t spook the wildlife or get your dog injured!

Made it to the top in 2:50, back down in 1:40. We started around 7- there was a crowd but nothing unbearable, and we didn’t hit any storms. My boyfriend and I are both pretty fit, but we still found this hike really challenging! However, the struggle was worth it for the views at the top, and the trail was in good condition. Though it was definitely more than 6 miles, my watch measured ~8. Definitely a good choice for our first 14er, since it was out of our comfort zone but still manageable- we never felt like we weren’t going to make it to the peak.

Great hike. Victory is not just about getting to summit but also getting back down safely. Did this with my wife and 9 yr old daughter. It took us 5 hrs to the top, 30 mins at summit, and 3.5 hrs down. Seen a few flakes of snow on way down with some cold rain and wind. A group of mountain goats crossed our path on the way down which was a highlight. The hike took us longer than we anticipated but we were prepared.

Remember to pack in and pack out! Brother who hiked it same day went to urinate behind the first bunch of trees coming from summit and said it was a mine field of poop and toilet paper, what a shame. Hiking Etiquette - bury it, mark it, pack out the paper.

I would rate this trail as difficult. Vail is already at 8150ft with this trail giving you a steady incline of +1000ft which was pretty rough on us coming from California coast only the night before. We went as far as the falls for this hike and took a lot of rest. I would say the very beginning is the steepest stretch, so don’t get discouraged when you start. There were a handful of flat areas a few meters long, with the valley opening being the longest. This area was a very beautiful view of the vegetation. For the falls you do need to cross two creeks but there are rock stepping stones, so your feet will not be submerged. A good portion of the path is rocky, so I’m glad we wore our hiking boots for this one.

Beautiful trail! Definitely something you could do all day if you wanted to take your time! It follows the Creek all the way up and the trail is really well taken care of! While it is steep at times, the trail is easy enough to walk on. Do not be discouraged by the moderate rating! What the app does not tell you is that you can begin this trail in Copperhead. If you start here, you run into lakes along the trail as well! From Copperhead to Frisco on the trail is around 15(ish?!) miles, and if I could do it all over I would start in Copperhead! However, the hike was beautiful and very fun! Would do again and recommend highly!

We meant to do the easy Lily Pad Lake Trail but went to the wrong trailhead. It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful hike. Kids rated it 6, 7 & 8 out of 10! It wasn’t too crowded and we didn’t deal with many bugs. Would totally suggest this if you’re up for the climb there.

I would say this is more moderate hard. the last mile or so was kind of difficult. the top is definitely worth it tho and there is another lake if you keep going. saw some mountain goats as well. cool waterfalls along the way. you can park right up by the trailhead which I recommend otherwise the first two miles is hiking along a dirt road.

Really enjoyed this hike! From the parking lot we ended up covering about 6 miles. The view from the top is worth the difficulty. If you have a 4wd you can drive up a good portion of the trail and take a few miles off the hike. Highly recommend this hike!!!

great views and worth the effort to get to the top!

Second time up this trail. Beautiful hike with lots of things to see. Saw two mountain goats near the top this time. Lake is worth the extra hike to the top but is the most challenging stretch. Not much traffic on way up around 7am but pretty heavy coming down.

We love this trail. The dirt road to get there from Vail is not always well maintained but this year in August of 2018, the road was passable with my Impreza sedan. It took us 2 hours to hike to the falls, enjoyed beautiful views from the well-maintained trail. We sat on the rocks by the falls and rested. saw a scampering animal that may have been a marmot?? Some very friendly folks eating their lunch (which they offered to share) near us asked if we'd seen the beaver but it was not likely that. The weather yesterday was absolutely perfect, no need for extra layers or rain coats, which I brought. Took us 1.5 hours to walk out. My daughter wore tennis-type shoes, I wore my hiking boots. Both of us we fine. The elevation gain on this trail is not significant but there are a few easy places where you pick your way across stones and a little trickle of water crossing the trail. Always good to start with a full water bottle to stay hydrated. This trail is a real treat for us, have hiked it several times, always delightful.

Our family of 5 (parents and kids age 12,13, and 16) hiked this trail our first day in Dillon. We live on the east coast, at sea level, and this was a great hike for us as we acclimated to the altitude. Beautiful scenery and surprisingly great views/ scenic overlooks. I'm not in great shape, and stopped occasionally on the steeper parts of the trail for some water, but this trail was perfect for us!

It's too late in the season for this trail. Wildflowers are gone, and the falls don't have enough water to be impressive. However, the walking surface is good, and the lake is pretty.
We had no trouble with the rough road in a Malibu. It took 30 minutes at 20-25 mph.
This looks like it would be a nice hike earlier in the season.

hiking
3 days ago

This was a very exciting day on the trail - we saw a black bear and two snakes! The lookout/outcroppings were stunning.

A great trail to introduce your kids to nature hikes... oh, and the views are incredible as well!

Loved this! I’d agree with the moderate description—trail is well marked though. There are quite a few large rocks and tree roots along the way so just take care, especially if it starts to rain. Views at the top are gorgeous though. Didn’t make it to the second lake due to weather but will for sure be back to finish!

hiking
3 days ago

Woman plumets to her death. Please be careful folks, she just tripped and lead to her demise!
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/colorado/articles/2018-08-13/woman-plummets-to-death-while-hiking-off-mount-royal-trail

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