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UPDATESWhat we've been doing
- 10 Frequently Asked Questions on Quandary Peak (questions towards our two-person trail crew)
– August 29, 2016
Q: What’s with the bags of dirt? Where does the dirt come from? A: These bags of dirt that hikers often see on the side … Read More
- From Youth Corps to Crew Leader
– August 22, 2016
Over the past seven weeks CFI Project Managers on Mt. Columbia have had the pleasure of working along side an 11 person crew from Rocky … Read More
- An Intern’s First Season of Trail Work
– August 19, 2016
In the past I’ve come to the mountains expecting the spectacular. The larger-than-life views, epic hikes, and extreme environments. Guessing at which mountain critters I’ll … Read More
- Non-Natives in Chicago Basin
– August 15, 2016
Enter the Chicago Basin in the Weminuche Wilderness and delve deep into the home of many Colorado inhabitants. Black bear, mule deer, elk and mountain … Read More
- Elevation:14,265 feet (13th highest)
- Maps:USGS Quad: Breckenridge
Trails Illustrated® – TOPO Map # 109
Click here to purchase Trails Illustrated® maps for this route.
- Contact:US Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District (970) 468-5400
Our Work CFI completed major trail construction and restoration on Quandary Peak from 2001-2002. Due to heavy traffic on this peak, the standard route is maintained regularly by CFI and partner organizations.
Click here to see CFI’s Adopt-a-Peak crew in action on Quandary!
Recommended Route Quandary Peak Route—use of this route will help to reduce impacts to this Fourteener’s fragile alpine environment. For detailed route information including photos, maps, and elevation profiles, click here.
Important Update: Monte Cristo Route Restoration Follow Colorado Hwy 9 eight miles south from Breckenridge. Go west on Blue Lakes Road (County Road 850). Turn right at McCullough Gulch Road (County Road 851). Follow County Road 851 for a quarter mile to the kiosk and parking lot on the right side of the road. The trail begins slightly up the road on the lefthand side.
Route Information and Additional Resources Although the Monte Cristo Route is mentioned in many guidebooks as the primary or alternate route on Quandary Peak, this route crosses private property to access Forest Service lands. In addition, ecological restoration efforts have been completed along this route. These efforts are vulnerable to continued foot traffic. For these reasons, the Forest Service recommends using the official trailhead along the McCullough Gulch Road.
The above information does not replace the need to consult additional maps and Colorado Fourteener Guidebooks for more detailed route descriptions. We suggest checking multiple resources before departing on any hike. Keep in mind that not all guidebooks list this recommended route and that each guidebook’s description or route name may vary slightly.
Peak Specific Environmental and Safety Concerns Although Quandary is one of the easier Fourteeners to ascend, the hike is long. You should begin your hike early in the morning. There is always a strong chance of afternoon showers accompanied by lightning. Please be aware of the exposure. Stay on the trail. Please descend via the new Quandary Peak Route.