14,265 ft / 4,348 m

#16 in Colorado

#39 in United States


1,105 ft / 337 m

#190 in Colorado

#1,655 in United States


221 summits

#5 in Colorado

#52 in United States

Top climbing months

July   24%

August   16%

September  11%

Most climbed route

East Ridge (Classic)

Class 1


  • 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.