Quandary Peak Trail

HARD 582 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
3310 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.

hiking
30 minutes ago

Made it to summit with my son on 12/11. Used micro spikes and poles, very helpful. Very windy and cold at top. 5 hours round trip. Was great fun. Very open hike, rising above tree line early on. Then pretty consistent ascent to top. Views from summit are spectacular!

1 day ago

Did on 12/9 with yak trax and poles. Probably would’ve been easier with crampons, but wasn’t too bad.

6 days ago

Make sure you have poles and spikes. We didn’t and had to turn back, but can’t wait to try again. Challenging especially when you live at 80 feet above sea level.

hiking
6 days ago

Definitely a busy trail, so getting to the trailhead as early as you can (before full sunrise) is best. The hard work is worth the breathtaking views!

hiking
7 days ago

Made this hike on 12/1 and it was definitely worth it. The temperature wasn't too bad, but the wind was extremely cold and strong at some moments. We didn't need show shoes but microspikes and trekking poles were helpful with the final approach. We saw a heard of mountain goats and only 3 other people!

hiking
16 days ago

Definitely recommend yaktrax but it is doable without them if you’re determined!

hiking
17 days ago

Absolutely will be back

hiking
17 days ago

Completed without traction, just a solid pair of winter hiking boots. But it would be faster with spikes.

Super cold when the wind kicks in. You’ll need every layer you have.

hiking
18 days ago

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hiking
26 days ago

Climbing Quandary was a spectacular experience! Awesome views throughout the whole hike. I met people from all over the world and encountered mountain goats and marmots on the east ridge. The final 1000 feet are rocky and difficult. One must work with 40% less oxygen near the peak. Totally worth it!

28 days ago

Great weather for the trip on 11/12 but the winds would whip in and out near the summit. Be cautious on the summit with gusts. The views are absolutely amazing! Be prepared with water potentially freezing and bring layers, gloves, hat, sunglasses or goggles and all the other items you would need is cold temps. Enjoy!

1 month ago

Did this on 11-2-17, you will need traction on the last 1000’ of elevation gain, I used micro spikes and made it up no problem, I saw someone turn around because they didn’t have any. Very windy on the top, I almost got knocked over a few times by the gusts. Amazing views!!!

1 month ago

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1 month ago

10/22/17 - Absolutely gorgeous conditions. high winds for sure but with microspikes it was not a problem.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

As of 10/17 I disagree with the fact you NEED yak traks. They would definitely be helpful as I did not have them, but I was able to stay along the South side of the ridge and it was mostly rocky. Definitely bring trekking poles. I started at 7 on the dot, summited at 9:48, and finished at 12:03. Look out for mountain goats. Very windy atop the peak.

hiking
1 month ago