Solo Hike Quandary Peak at 14,265 ft

Rate this Adventure 6.75 miles 3450 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Kalli Hawkins

Want to snowshoe at 14,000 feet? This is an amazing way to get started.

To Trailhead: Drive through Breckenridge an continue on CO 9 for 8 miles until you reach road 850/Blue Lakes Road then take a left. The parking lot will be on the right hand side.

The signs for the trailhead are easily visible, and the trail begins with a steady incline. The elevation at the trailhead is 10, 850ft and the summit is only 3 miles ahead, however the elevation gain in those 3 miles is 3450 feet. Be ready, it's going to be a continuous uphill climb!

I hiked this solo, or as some might argue differently with my four legged friend, Riley. It was my first 14er in this particular weather, I packed my gaiters, micro spikes, and snowshoes just in case. I knew that once I reached tree line the hiking conditions would be greatly different. The trail is well maintained and meanders through the tall trees providing beautiful views of the surrounding snow capped mountains.

Once you reach tree line you can become more susceptible to the weather and might need to layer up depending on the wind. At about 13,000ft there is a great spot to stop for a snack or quick lunch. Riley and I made a quick stop, and watched what the clouds were doing to assess the weather. We continued on and I strapped on my snowshoes to alleviate postholing. We made it to the top just as a snowstorm was beginning to roll in, one quick picture and we headed on down the mountain.

This is a great beginner 14er for those who are interested in hiking with a group, or by themselves. I've hiked Quandary Peak twice, once in the middle of summer and once while covered in snow. I would recommend hiking this mountain year-round, just be careful that you are aware of the weather and have sufficient gear. Enjoy!

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