Here’s How to Plan the Best Quandary Peak Hiking Trip

A t 14,265 feet, Quandary Peak majestically overlooks the Rocky Mountains as the highest peak in the Tenmile Range and the 13th highest in the entire state. Many Colorado visitors blaze the trail to the top for a fantastic mountain view you can’t find anywhere else. If you’re planning on braving the mountain yourself, here are a few tips that will make your hiking experience even more enjoyable.

What to Expect on Quandary Peak

Plan Ahead!  Quandary Peak has four different trails for you to choose from, each its own length and difficulty level. If you’re a beginner, we definitely recommend taking the East Ridge route. Although it is the longest trail at 6.75 miles, it is the simplest. If you are an expert hiker and looking for a challenge, the Class 3 West Ridge trail may be the right choice for you. You may also want to take a Quandary Peak trail map with you.

Start the hike early and plan to be off the mountain by noon to avoid the danger of afternoon lightening. 

What to pack:  Check out this 14er packing list.

Of course, which route you take may also depend on the season and weather. It is recommended you use extra caution and never hike alone on the trails during the winter months. If you are looking to ski down, the east slopes hold good snow during the spring. If you’re planning on braving the mountain during the summer months, hikers are cautioned to be off the summit if any thunderstorms roll in. Always know the Quandary Peak weather before you go.

During your hike, you may come across some Rocky Mountain wildlife such as moose, elk, or mountain goats. The goats travel in packs, are normally harmless, and will sometimes pose for your pictures. However, if they should get too close or become aggressive, scare them off with loud noises, waving your hands and coats above your head, or throwing rocks. They are also attracted to salt, so do not leave sweaty clothes unattended.

Once you reach the top of Quandary Peak, you have earned yourself the exceptional view that extends across the Mosquito, Gore, and Sawatch ranges. You’ll also be able to see half a dozen unnamed lakes, the Monte Cristo and McCullough drainages, jagged peaks, and ridges that define the Continental Divide. During the weekends, the summit may be a bit crowded, but you will still have plenty of photo opportunities and a breathtaking 360 degree view.

When you’ve returned from your Quandary Peak hike, you may want to consider a trip to the nearby town known as Fairplay. Quietly nestled within the Mosquito Mountain Range, this charming city is rich in mountain character, unique retail options, local art galleries, and variety of events all year round.   In the summer, enjoy the beautiful fields of wildflowers and the views of snow-capped mountain peaks while you explore the quaint walking paths or follow hundred-year-old mining trails by horseback. It is also the home to the award-winning Fairplay Beach where common activities include fly-fishing, camping, and panning for gold.

Return Home to Breckenridge, Colorado

Just a short drive away from Quandary Peak is Breckenridge, CO, the world famous ski resort right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and the perfect place for your next getaway. Just imagine your summer spent in the warm weather, paddle boarding in fresh lakes or whitewater rafting down the Colorado River! This winter, experience some of the best ski slopes in the world and explore the lively downtown area full of unique shops and restaurants.

For some less challenging trails, see our Breckenridge Hiking page.

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