Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak is the highest Colorado 14er in the Tenmile Range, a northern extension of the Mosquito Range. Its proximity to Denver and Breckenridge and its easy class 1 trail make it an extremely popular fourteener. Quandary also has tougher routes including the Class 3 West Ridge and a fifth class rock climbing route called the Inwood Arete. Quandary Peak is also popular with backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The gentle ascent makes for an easy climb from the east with less danger from avalanche than on many other fourteeners. The other slopes of the peak are steep and appeal to expert backountry skiers, such as the Cristo Couloir ski mountaineering route.

Quandary Peak SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by eskimoto

190 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Nov 2, 2016. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are East Ridge, Classic, East Ridge and Northwest Ridge (Standard).

Others who’ve summited Quandary Peak

  • tdgrein
  • saxmotor
  • 121BObr24
  • bfsmith
  • beau
  • DandyDon
  • BobbyFinn
  • jbyrd
  • susanjoypaul
  • awake
  • BigPopeye
  • 14erkid
  • madeinus
  • MattAbbotts
  • TI83plus
  • sli74
  • Shreddergirl
  • emily74q
  • mdedio
  • SummerHikes
  • cponyicky
  • rmdoyle421
  • mountains
  • jess_marie303
  • LuLuLuv
  • Alpenglo
  • julessummit
  • mkraftpmp
  • bvanessen
  • LChamp
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Routes Used trails & approaches

36% East Ridge, Classic

29% East Ridge

21% Northwest Ridge (Standard)

5% Cristo Couloir

3% West Ridge

2% Monte Cristo Trailhead

1% Inwood arete/north face


  • emily74q emily74q
    commented on Aug 1, 2011
    brutal but amazing at the same time. seeing the mountain goats was so great!!! love it!

SNAPSHOTedit info


14,265 ft / 4,348 m


1,105 ft / 337 m

Height Rank Range

Tenmile Range


Colorado, United States

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Summited by

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  • eskimoto
  • scott
  • tdgrein
  • livetothemax96
  • saxmotor
  • 121BObr24
  • bfsmith
  • nmontelli
  • beau
  • DandyDon
  • COdeacon
  • BobbyFinn

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