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Friday, June 8, 2012

Quandary Peak 14,265ft, White River National Forest

Quandary Peak 14,265ft
White River National Forest

Date Hiked: June 8, 2012

Distance: 6.7 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 3,500ft
Elevation Min/Max: 10,899 to 14,265ft
Trailhead Lat/Long:39.384345º N; 106.062215º W
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Fee: None Quandary Pk - East Ridge Route
Quandary Peak E. Ridge Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  From Breckenridge head South on Hwy-9 through the small town of Blue River.  Look off to the right and you'll soon see Quandary rising above the road.  Also, you'll see a sign pointing to the trailhead.  Make a right on Blue Lakes Rd and a quick right up to the Quandary trailhead.

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Quandary is one of the easier 14ers, but it is a strenuous ramp up 3,500 feet straight to the peak.  The scenery is amazing, the view is amazing, everything about this hike is amazing.  I hiked it after a particularly dry winter and had zero snow in early June, this was an anomaly.  That being said, I've heard that Quandary is a great 14er to tackle during the winter.  The trail itself is easy to follow there is good track and cairns to lead the way.  The views to the south include fellow 14ers Lincoln, Democrat, Bross, Cameron, and Sherman, as well as a good view down into South Park.  To the North you can see Grays and Torrey's Peaks.  You can look down onto Mt. Fletcher, Atlantic Peak, and the sawtooth ridge above Mayflower Gulch, I could go on and on, but the view does that already...

Like all 14ers this hike is a true Colorado Alpine Adventure, plus, you can be back in Denver by diner time.

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