Quandary Peak Trail

HARD 592 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

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

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

hiking
2 days ago

Feb 19 2018 hike. Started at 4am. Super windy. Had a ton of struggles with the crampons that I was using. Saw a Snow White ptarmigan! It was awesome!

Made it to false summit around 7am. Was freezing cold and getting blown down. The wind was fierce. Decided to head back. Made it back around 8:45am.

The snow was pretty crunchy.

hiking
1 month ago

I hike this 14er a lot because it is accessible year round to a 2WD vehicle, with the trailhead just off the road from Hoosier Pass. As others say, it gets very busy in the summer and fall.

I hiked up yesterday morning (Jan. 9) and was amazed by the lack of snow. But the trail, which follows the ridge, was almost 95 percent in snow, so I definitely recommend microspikes. A few areas of deep drifts where I was post-holing.

Great climb for the middle of winter. Just wish there was more snow.

Just heard that it is snowing in nearby Breckenridge! Fingers crossed!

1 month ago

easy too many tourists better to do kelso ridge. even an easy winter way up to bag a super awesome couloir

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. A huge snowpack on the upper ridge when hiking it in June made it difficult.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on 12/11 and it was beautiful! We saw Rocky Mountain goats, pikas and marmots which was exciting! We were unfortunately unable to summit because we lost a shoe clamp without either snow shoes or clamps this hike is impossible. A little more difficult than I had expected but easy in 14er standards and really gorgeous. Can't wait to try this hike again!

2 months ago

Summited 12/19. Snow was patchy throughout, very hard packed. No need for snowshoes, but microspikes and poles were a must. Otherwise perfect early winter conditions!

2 months ago

Attempted to summit 12/16. Definitely need at least poles and traction. Would have been preferable with snowshoes above tree line due to deep snow and post holing.

hiking
2 months 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!

2 months ago

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

2 months 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
2 months 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! We went in July and there were tons of mountain goats parallel to the trail despite the crowds!

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely will be back

hiking
2 months 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
3 months 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!

3 months 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!

3 months 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!!!

3 months ago

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

4 months 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.

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