Area Fourteener Hiking Trails

Quandary Peak

Overview:  DIFFICULT, 6.2  Miles Round Trip, Elevation Gain 3,330’, Summit Elevation 14, 265’
 
This 14er is located near Breckenridge. It is a very popular trail and overs a wonderful chance to reach the summit of a 14er. Though dubbed the easiest of the area 14ers; don’t be fooled “there is no easy fourteener”. Expect to arrive early, the parking lot will fill quickly and you will still need a fair amount of time to complete the steep vertical trek. The first steep about midway through climbs 1300’ over a .9 mile section, the final .8 miles to the top pushes you up 1100 feet to the top. The views are worth the climb, you will see Mt. Brass, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Democrat, and Pacific and Crystal Peaks to the South.
 
Directions From Keystone: The trailhead is located 8 miles south of Breckenridge on Colorado 9. Turn west on Blue Lake Road 850. Drive a few hundred yards and turn right on McCullough Gulch Road 851. Drive 1/10 of a mile to a small parking lot at the trailhead. 

 

Mt. Evans

Overview: DIFFICULT, Trail # 603, 7 Miles Round Trip, Elevation Gain 1,475’, Summit Elevation 14,264’
 
From the parking area/Mt Evans Rd turn right and follow .6 mile to the base of the mountain. On the right follow the unmarked trail up the center of the mountain. Cross the summit parking area and follow the switch backs to reach the summit.
 
You can also drive to the summit of Mt. Evans to take in the views and boast you have driven on the highest paved road in North America. Along the way you will pass by Echo and Summit Lake.  After exiting I70 at # 240 Idaho Springs follow CO 103 South to the summit parking area.  
 
Directions from Keystone: Take exit 240 off I70 E. Continue on South Hwy 103 for 13.4 miles to the Echo Lake Trailhead. This route is the best for reaching the Summit of Evans.



Mt Elbert

Overview: DIFFICULT, Elevation 14,433’, Elevation gain 4,873’-4,193’

This is the highest point in Colorado at 14,433'. Its located near Leadville CO. The mountain ranges below you seem to go on forever as you climb higher and higher. This hike is the ultimate boast of stamina to have completed the highest peak in Colorado.

Directions From Keystone: Take I 70 to the Copper Mountain / Leadville exit. 193. Drive over Fremont Pass to Leadville on Hwy 91. Take US 24 south if Leadville. Turn onto Co 300. Cross the railroad tracks. Drive 0.7 miles turn left onto County Road 11. Take Half Moon Creek. Drive another 1.2 miles and true right on the dirt road. Drive for 5 miles to the large parking lot with restrooms.