Quandary Peak

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Quandary Peak
Highest point
Elevation14,271 ft (4,350 m)[1][2]
Prominence1,125 ft (343 m)[3]
Parent peakMount Lincoln[3]
Isolation3.16 mi (5.09 km)[3]
ListingColorado Fourteener 13th
Coordinates39°23′50″N 106°06′23″W / 39.3972759°N 106.1063743°W / 39.3972759; -106.1063743Coordinates: 39°23′50″N 106°06′23″W / 39.3972759°N 106.1063743°W / 39.3972759; -106.1063743[1]
Quandary Peak is located in Colorado
Quandary Peak
Quandary Peak
LocationSummit County, Colorado, U.S.[4]
Parent rangeMosquito Range, Highest summit of the Tenmile Range[3]
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map Breckenridge, Colorado[1]
Easiest routeEast Slope: Hike (class 1)[5]

Quandary Peak is the highest summit of the Tenmile Range in the Rocky Mountains of North America and is the most commonly climbed fourteener in Colorado.[6] It has nearly the same elevation as Castle Peak and Mount Evans. It lies in Summit County and within the White River National Forest about 6 miles (10 km) south-southwest of the town of Breckenridge.

The standard route up Quandary Peak is a trail hike (class 1), starting from a trailhead about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Hoosier Pass on the east side of the peak. Hence it is a popular fourteener to climb because of the relatively easy ascent and its proximity to Denver and Breckenridge. 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 backcountry skiers.[7] One such steep ski mountaineering route is the Cristo Couloir.

In June 2021 the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative announced that Quandary Peak was Colorado's most popular 14'er in 2020.[8] The Initiative's data indicated that the peak saw 49,179 hiker days in 2020. Its popularity in recent years has caused serious parking problems at the trailheads, prompting local officials to initiate new parking policies.[9][10]

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  1. ^ a b c "QUANDARY". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ The elevation of Quandary Peak includes an adjustment of +2.071 m (+6.79 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c d "Quandary Peak, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 21, 2014.[self-published source?]
  4. ^ "Quandary Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Quandary Peak". SummitPost.org. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  6. ^ Athearn, Lloyd F. (October 11, 2019). "2018 Hiking Use Estimates Press Release" (PDF). Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  7. ^ The trail climbs steadily across two marked jeep roads to your first glimpse of Quandary Peak, Hoosier Pass, and distant peaks of the Tenmile Range (.85 mile - 1.0 mile). It clears treeline and wraps to the south face of Quandary Peak's east ridge (1.0 miles : 11,721'). Dawson, Louis W., II (1994). Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Volume 1. Blue Clover Press. ISBN 0-9628867-1-8. |volume= has extra text (help)
  8. ^ Olivero, Antonio (June 25, 2021). "Summit County's Quandary Peak is now the most popular 14er — by far". Summit Daily. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  9. ^ de Jong, Jenna (May 25, 2021). "Summit County officials approve short-term solutions to mitigate parking issues, safety concerns at Quandary Peak". Summit Daily. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  10. ^ deJong, Jenna (July 13, 2021). "Quandary Peak parking permit system to be implemented by July 30". Summit Daily. Retrieved August 7, 2021.

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