Quandary Peak Trail

HARD 518 reviews

Quandary Peak Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3336 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

ice climbing

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Quandary's east ridge route gets very crowded on summer weekends.

2 days ago

Absolutely loved it! Gradual hike at first then gets steep fast. What a great workout! Make sure you hit the trail early so you can reach the summit by noon otherwise you get caught in storms(we got hit with hail shortly after noon). Getting down from the summit I think was the most difficult because we had slick rocks from the rain and it really does a number on your knees and ankles. Definitely recommend for a challenge!

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4 days ago

4 days ago

Finished in 5 and a half hours and Took a long nap afterwords

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4 days ago

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5 days ago

5 days ago

Great hike! Very busy but everybody on the mountain was pretty neat. It is a bit challenging especially if it is your first time. I went with three people who had never done a 14er. They had to take a good amount of breaks, but they made it to the top!! Happy trails!

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6 days ago

Very accessible 14er and therefore, moderate to heavily trafficked. The mere altitude makes it hard for most people, as it climbs over 3,000 feet to 14,265 feet. The trail above tree line is mostly loose rock but you will be rewarded with spectacular views and possibly mountain goat encounters.

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6 days ago

This was our first 14er. Everything said was spot on. The first two thirds were easy, then when you get to the last 1000 feet it was challenging. Determination got us thru it. Summit was windy and light snow came in. Unfortunately did not see any mountain goats. Looking forward to my next one.

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7 days ago

QP was our first 14er! We LOVED every minute on that monster. We went into it with moderate hiking experience and determination to do something besides eat on our honeymoon. This was an absolutely breathtaking and amazing experience. We encountered some wildlife but they seemed uninterested in us (one goat gave us a photo shoot on the rocks lol). Climb and descent wasn't easy, but we made it with breaks and water. We got to the parking area around 9am on Wednesday 8/30. Parking was tight but we expected that. It seemed like we didn't see many people ascending after 12:30pm. Locals told us to leave the summit no later than 2 because you'll run into wind and rain at the top (we saw light snow!). We went round trip in 5 hours 40 minutes. Best advice someone gave us- "make sure you make it." Bring a good camera!

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7 days ago

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8 days ago

What an amazing hike! It was our first 14! Definitely get here early (like 6-7am) for a guaranteed parking spot and better weather.

All the other reviews are pretty spot on:

The first third through the tree line is amazing and makes for a nice moderate hike for anyone not looking to go all the way. Plenty of beautiful trees and views. Not too intense at all!

The second third is hard but plenty doable with some great views over the first hump.

The last third, the final climb up to the very top, is difficult and it's easy to lose the trail, though you don't particularly need one. Just climb! There's plenty of room, so no need to worry about going over the cliff at all. It's going to be daunting and rocky, but it's worth it at the very top.

And remember to dress warm and hydrate. Make sure you're acclimated before you go, since you will feel the altitude along the way at the top.

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8 days ago

My first 14er ever!

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9 days ago

Hiked this trail on Saturday, 9/9. We got to the trailhead at 6am and there was still plenty of parking. Summited in about 3h15m, and hung at the top for probably half an hour before returning to the car around 12:30pm. Bottom third is a nice hike on a dirt trail through trees. Middle third (above treeline) gets steeper and more rocky. Top third is a good endurance challenge to the summit! All in all, good hike, and there's no such thing as an easy 14er :)

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11 days ago

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12 days ago

Hard hike, but rewarding! There are lots of rocks you climb the closer you get to the top and it's kind of intimidating. It took us 8 hours round trip, we had to stop often going up to catch our breath as the incline is pretty brutal and we are out of shape/smokers. We still were able to summit with sheer willpower. There were 6 mountain goats hanging out on the path near the top, we cut the trail to get around them going down as they didn't appear to want to move off the trail. Would definitely recommend this for climbing your first 14er.

13 days ago

Our first 14er and it wasn't easy! A couple of times I thought I was dying. The Peak seemed to get further away the closer we got! Never felt so accomplished and proud. Lots of loose rocks! The trail very quickly goes above the tree line.

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13 days ago

Did the hike on 9/4 and weather was great. My first 14er. The hike is long and the elevation gets to you, but I expected both. Beautiful views and the leaves are changing. It was rather smokey that day.

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14 days ago

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14 days ago

We are from Ohio and consider ourselves active and physically fit--completed half marathon and trail run in Ohio. It took us 7 hours to complete. We met several other "flat landers" who reported same length of time. We ran into mountain goat family twice--give them space as they can be aggressive. Expect the trail to disappear the closer you are to the top. Very rocky most of the way with narrow paths (not as narrow as Angels Landing!).