This is a difficult hike, with a moderately fast pace. Most of the hike is on-trail, but there will be some mild scrambling over boulders along the way. Safety of all hikers is our utmost priority, but use common sense. If you cannot finish this hike, please let someone continuing on know.
Bring micro spikes and your ten essentials, including plenty of water.
***If you are not meeting at the trail head please notify the organizer***
CARPOOL: 6:00am is the Carpool time, NOT the Trailhead time!!
For those interested in carpooling from Denver, we suggest meeting at the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Ride (Section BB, across from Conoco) in Morrison at 5:50 and leaving no later than 6:00.
For those planning on meeting at the trailhead we will leave no later than 8:00am.
The Quandary Peak Trailhead is located 7.6 miles south of Breckenridge, Colorado in the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest.
From I-70, take Exit #203 for Breckenridge - Highway 9 and travel south through the towns of Breckenridge and Blue River. Travel 18.3 miles from Exit #203 to State Road 850 and turn right (west). Make an immediate right on State Road 851 (north) and travel .3 miles up the maintained dirt road to the trailhead. Spaces are limited, but roadside parking is permitted
DISTANCE: 6.5 Miles Roundtrip
SKILL LEVEL: MODERATE to STRENUOUS (This is not a beginner hike!) The is somewhat steep but not very technical. If you have back or leg issues, this is considered to be higher impact.
Start-End Elevation: 10,940' - 14,265'
Net Elevation Change: +3,325
Quandary Peak is located 7.6 miles south of Breckenridge, Colorado in the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest.
Quandary Peak ranks 13th highest among the state's fourteeners. It's widely considered among the easiest fourteeners to reach, attributable to a modest distance and well built trail. Still, the 3,300' climb in just 3.1 miles is no small task, and rocky terrain will challenge even the fittest hikers.
Dogs Allowed: Yes, but must be leashed at all times (no exceptions - dogs off leash can be a hazard to hikers on this route!)
Time and place TBD
NOTES (PLEASE READ!!):
BECAUSE OF THE TIME OF YEAR, WE RECOMMEND THESE ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES FOR YOUR PACK:
1) Traction devices (just in case)
3) Adequate clothing layers (always)
4) Protective eye wear and face protection
5) Hand and toe warmers (just in case)
1) PLEASE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO OUR GENERAL RULES, PHILOSOPHY AND LIABILITY WAIVER ON THE MAIN PAGE.
We will make frequent stops to allow people to catch up and make every effort to track your progress, however, we are not responsible for your safety, behavior or whereabouts at any time during an outing. Please use common sense and understand your limitations! This is NOT a race, and we want you to have a safe and rewarding experience.
2) BRING EXTRA WATER, as high elevations dehydrate the body at a faster rate.
3) Hiking poles are recommended as they are helpful for some of the steep grades and uneven terrain.
4) Please remember that mountain hiking might mean that we end up spreading out according to our pace and fitness levels. If you do split off ahead from the group, please wait at the summit for most of the members to arrive. If you can not complete the hike and need to turn back, please inform your organizer or another member of our group that you are leaving.
5) IF you run a carpool, or participate in a carpool, please coordinate with each other as to your individual pace and meeting back at the parking lot!
6) Bring a change of shoes for the restaurant. Your feet will thank you!
7) Have fun!!