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Date Saturday  11/2/2019
End Date
Group State CMC
Event Title TRAILBLAZERS: Quandary Peak (Winter Welcomer)
Section Trailblazers
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Approved
Leader Jeff Golden
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Waitlist Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult C
Trail Mileage 6.75
Elevation Gain 3,450
Driving Distance


Quandary Peak Trailhead

Breckenridge, CO

39.38491° N, -106.06178° W

For more info Contact

Jeff Golden


This is a Trailblazers trip for CMC members ages 21-39, regardless of group affiliation.

Every year, the community hosts a "Winter Welcomer" hike up Quandary Peak. The goal is to introduce new people to the rigors of winter hiking (before the season really ramps up), or for more experienced folks, to socialize and shift back into cold-weather mode. It's a fun event with an average turnout of 50-100. Seems like a great place to take a Trailblazers group! There's a CMC team coming from the Pikes Peak Group, as well.

We will be taking the standard East Ridge route.

Because this is a "winter conditions" hike, there are additional gear requirements. In addition to your normal summer kit and the Ten Essentials, you will need:

  • Snowshoes or AT skis

  • Waterproof, insulated, ankle-high winter boots

  • Ski goggles

  • Ski gloves or mittens

  • A facemask or balaclava

  • Traction Device (MICROspikes, crampons, or equivalent)

  • Gaiters (optional/recommended)

  • Trekking poles (optional/recommended)

  • Ice ax (optional/recommended)

Long story short, you'll need flotation, plenty of layers and the ability to cover every inch of exposed skin if necessary.


To register for the hike, please email me ( with your responses to the following questions:

  1. What peaks (13ers or 14ers) have you climbed in the last 12 months?
  2. What is your estimated hiking pace? You can provide average miles per hour, elevation gain per hour, a total time from a recent hike, a Strava or Gaia screenshot, whatever. Just trying to make sure the group as a whole is capable of a sustained moderate pace, which means Quandary should take us about 6 hours round-trip.
  3. What is your experience with winter hiking? Do you have any questions about the gear requirements listed above?