Quandary Peak
standard East Ridge
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? (Spring/Summer/Fall) Local residents have been complaining about cars parked in front of their homes so the Sheriff has been placing warning notices on cars. If the main trailhead (0.1 mile up the 851 road) lot is full, cars should park up along the 851 road or in the overflow lot, down at the start of the 850 road. PLEASE DO NOT park on the side of the 850 road, in front of homes.
Difficulty:
 Class 1 
Ski/Board: Intermediate, D3 / R1 / II  
Risk Factors:Exposure: Low
Rockfall Potential: Low  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Low  
 
Trailhead:Quandary
Start:10,850 feet
Summit:14,265 feet
Total Gain:3,450 feet
RT Length:6.75 miles
USGS Quad.:Breckenridge
County Sheriff:Summit: 970-453-2232
National Forest:White River
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Last Updated:4/2021

Trailhead

From Breckenridge, drive 8 miles south on Colorado 9. Turn right (west) on the 850 (Blue Lakes) Road. Drive a few hundred yards and turn right on the 851 (McCullough Gulch) Road. Drive 0.1 mile to the signed trailhead and small parking area. If the trailhead lot is full, cars should park along the 851 road or in the overflow lot, down at the start of the 850 road. PLEASE DO NOT park on the side of the 850 road, in front of homes. The trail starts just above the trailhead, on the 851 road.

Route

#1 shows the route from the east. From the trailhead, walk up the road a short distance and turn left up the marked trail - #2. Continue through the forest to a large rock on the right side of trail (#3), turn right and follow the great trail up through the forest - #4. Above 11,300', pass through some clearings (#5) before hiking up a hill where the trees begin to thin out. Gain the crest of the east ridge near 11,600' and continue through a flat area (#6) to reach the base of a slope ( 39.39091°, -106.07315°) - #7.

Follow the well-built trail toward the left (south) side of the east ridge and gradually ascend west - #8 and #9. Near 12,800', re-gain the ridge (#10) and continue west to a 13,150-foot point ( 39.39507°, -106.09193°) on the ridge - #11.

Walk west along a flat section and begin your ascent of the final 1,000 feet - #12. The route is obvious - stay on the ridge where you can see across Quandary's upper east slope to your right - #12, #13, #14 and #15. Gain the summit ridge and walk over to the top ( 39.397236°, -106.106430°) - #16, #17 and #18.

In Winter

To avoid possible avalanche terrain between 11,800' and 13,000', do not follow the summer trail left (south) to the south side of the ridge. Instead, ascend the slope in #7 to gain a 12,100-foot point and continue along the ridge crest to reach the 13,150-foot point shown in #11.

Skiing?

This is a popular ski route. Through May, the upper and lower east slope bowls usually have decent snow coverage.

Notes

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