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Quandary Peak, Colorado

Quandary Peak's Elevation: 14,265 Feet

Quandary Peak's Rank Among Colorado's Fourteeners in Terms of Elevation: #13

Quandary Peak is located in the Tenmile Range

Quandary Peak is considered walkable

Best months for climbing Quandary Peak are June through September

Click here for a Mapquest map of Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak, with an elevation of 14,265 feet, is the 13th highest peak in the state of Colorado. This peak just south of Breckenridge also has the distinctions of being the highest peak and only Fourteener in the Tenmile Range. The most popular ascent is via Quandary's long and gentle east ridge, which starts at the Monte Cristo Road trailhead.

To reach the Monte Cristo trailhead, drive south along CO 9 from Breckenridge eight miles to the Monte Cristo Creek switchback on the north side of Hoosier Pass. Turn left onto the dirt Monte Cristo Road, take it half a mile, and park where another road turns off to the right (north). Climb half a mile north to the broad ridge, then follow the ridge west two miles to the summit.

Sources:,, Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 1: The Northern Peaks

This page last updated 8/15/06

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