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Trip Log


Quandary Peak
Summit County, CO

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Quandary Peak Trail
The Quandary Peak Trail

Route: Quandary Peak Trail

For the last 14er hike of the trip, I opted for Quandary Peak. Arriving at the trailhead, the parking was quickly filling up. While the trail seemed fairly busy on the ascent, it was extremely busy on the descent - a steady line of hikers was visible as far as the eye could see.

Overall, the trail was fairly tame down low with some rockier areas higher up, but no scrambles or areas of exposure. Very nice views from the summit.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Quandary Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Parking Elevation: 10,800'
Destination: Quandary Peak
Time Elapsed: 01:51
Trailhead Elevation: 10,800'
Summit Elevation: 14,265'
Vertical Gain: 3,515'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:55
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,565'

The lower Quandary Peak Trail trailhead
The lower Quandary Peak Trail trailhead

The sunrise
The sunrise

The Quandary Peak Trail
The Quandary Peak Trail

Looking southwest toward Mt. Democrat - Click to enlarge
Looking southwest toward Mt. Democrat

Topographic map of Quandary Peak

Directions to trailhead: From Alma, take Route 9 north over Hoosier Pass. Take a left onto Route 850, at which point there is a parking lot on the right for Quandary.

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