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Quandary Peak - ADVANCED


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






1) Traction devices (just in case)

2) Gloves

3) Adequate clothing layers (always)

4) Protective eye wear and face protection

5) Hand and toe warmers (just in case)




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!!


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  • Nicolas

    Thanks guys, I really enjoyed my hike with you ! I had a blast. What a beautifull day! Got some nice videos of you guys training Prancercize :)

    June 9, 2013

  • Tania M.

    Thank you SO much, Anne, Paul and Nicolas!! What a blessing to share this experience with you all. You guys rock!!!

    June 8, 2013

  • Anne

    Fantastic Foursome Summit! Pretty Prancercize down snowfield from summit... Great day w/great company in Nicolas, Paul, Tania. Thx for organizing, Nicolas!!

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • Nicolas

    Nice weather for tomorrow :

    Meet you guys at the TH at 8:00. Will be checking the website until I loose coverage (around Breck) in case you get lost. Be sure you check your itinerary on Google Maps. It shouldn't be hard to find. If you're coming from Denver and pass Hoosier Pass, you're too far :). Here a google link for the approx. location of the TH:,+Colorado+80424,+%C3%89tats-Unis&daddr=Co+Rd+851%2FMc+Cullough+Gulch+Rd&hl=fr&ie=UTF8&ll=39.385139,-106.061526&spn=0.001851,0.004128&sll=39.38477,-106.061904&sspn=0.001851,0.004128&geocode=FTZxWgIdsPut-SnB5yZsPfZqhzF6ooBmf4-NYg%3BFWf3WAIdRqCt-Q&t=h&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=19&z=19&iwloc=ddw1

    see you tomorrow !

    June 7, 2013

  • Anne

    Is anybody still meeting at the PnR? Would love to catch a lift and chip in for gas!

    June 7, 2013

  • Dahlia

    sorry guys i had to change my flight and will not be able to make it....i am disappointed. have fun

    June 7, 2013

  • Tania M.

    I'd love to get a ride from Denver -close to City Park. I'll chip in some money for gas, and smiles. :)

    June 3, 2013

    • Tania M.

      Hi, Paul! That's super sweet of you. I could take the Lightrail from Denver to Golden, it gets to the Jefferson county offices by 5:40am. If you could pick me up there, that'd be wicked cool. But if you really feel so inclined, I'd appreciate not having to be waiting for the lightrail at odd hours. Lmk. Thank youuuuuuu!

      June 4, 2013

    • Tania M.

      Thanksssssss! I'll text you so you'll have my number too. Looking forward to it.

      June 6, 2013

  • Nicolas

    OK guys, the weekend is still far away but the weather looks promising. Keep you posted. Prepare your hiking shoes... and go buy some sunscreen (SPF 50 min. :) )

    June 4, 2013

  • Dahlia

    I am meeting at the carpool...please let me know who else will be coming

    May 30, 2013

    • Anne

      See you at WM PnR to carpool!

      May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be at the carpool site.

      May 30, 2013

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