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Quandary Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Tenmile Range
14ers Served:  Quandary Peak
Road Type:  2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  From Breckenridge, drive 8 miles south on Colorado 9. Turn right (west) on the 850 (Blue Lakes) Road. Drive a few hundred yards and turn right on the 851 (McCullough Gulch) Road. Drive 0.1 mile to the signed trailhead and small parking area. If the trailhead lot is full, cars should park along the 851 road or in the overflow lot, down at the start of the 850 road. PLEASE DO NOT park on the side of the 850 road, in front of homes. The trail starts just above the trailhead, on the 851 road.
Winter Access:  Closed at the start of the 851 road, 0.1 mile below the summer TH. 2WD accessible with parking in a signed lot at the start of the 850 road. Please, do not park along the 850 road.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2011-05-24 road is still blocked at the intersection of County Road 850/851. Good packed path to the trail, so no problem. markf         
2011-01-06 road is blocked about 1/2 mile from summer trailhead by snow piles. Easy walk up to the trail though. KansanClimber         
2010-11-27 As of Nov 26, summer trailhead no longer vehicle-accessible. Snow berms from the plows on Blue Lakes Rd now block 851. Plenty of parking along Blue Lakes Rd as usual & trek to summer trailhead is easy. mtnmike         
2010-11-22 one quick addition to Monster5‘s update, we took a Tacoma and Xterra Off-Road up it. We made it to the Summer Trailhead without a problem, but had to drop it into 4L in order to get turned around and backed up out of the way of the road. It may not be passable much longer by stock 4wd. centrifuge         
2010-11-21 2wd vehicles parked at junction 0.1 miles below th. A 4runner and xterra made it to the summer th without a problem. Monster5         
2010-11-19 Blocked by snow at the normal winter closure, 0.1 mile below the summer TH. BillMiddlebrook         
2010-06-24 Open BillMiddlebrook         
2010-02-26 Winter parking is 0.1 mile below the summer trailhead, at the junction of the Blue Lakes (850) road and McCullough Gulch (851) road. A few cars can park in front of the snowbank and the rest must park along the 850 road. BillMiddlebrook         
2010-02-13 Park just off from the pass in the parking lot. The road to the normal TH is blocked with a snow bank. hollamby         
2009-12-22 A track has been made from the normal winter closure (start of the 851) road to the summer TH. 2WD vehicles should park at the intersection. The 0.1 mile to the summer trailhead will not be open much longer. Open to view photo. BillMiddlebrook  1       
2009-11-07 Road still open to the summer trailhead with packed snow and some ice. A couple cars were at the trailhead along with the SUVs. MountainHiker         
2009-10-18 Was there 10/18/2009 and the TH was clear of snow. zoriloco         
2009-09-24 Open with snow jdogger248         
2009-05-19 Open BillMiddlebrook         
2009-05-16 Still a few snow patches just before the summer TH, but vehicles with good clearance can make it through. BillMiddlebrook         
2009-03-09 Winter closure in place at the 850/851 road junction. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-12-27 As is usual this time of year, the road to the trailhead (851) is snowcovered and undrivable, but you can park on 850 right near the turn. Unlike most years, there is home constructiong going on RIGHT across from the usual parking area, so please be mindful of parking and blocking the road in case there‘s construction equipment there, too. mtnmike         
2008-11-16 Went up last night. Clear going. Stopped at the TH and parked. Had no problem getting there. shotgung         
2008-09-23 No change, still clear to the TH twobirds         
2008-09-06 The road is open and clear all the way to upper TH... giarcd         
2008-07-08 Perfect and open trailhead. Smooth hiking to the summit with a bit of slush near the top and on descent. Extra socks at most and you‘ll be fine artilleryman         
2008-06-20 Road is dry and accessible with 2-wheel drive vehicle as of 06-13-08 lakecityrat         
2008-06-07 Open BillMiddlebrook         
2008-05-26 No change to TH condition as of 5/24. Expect muddy snowshoes on the way down below 11,400 with partially dry trail/partially deep post holing. Deep powder North side of ridge above 13,100. Narrow section of ridge is showing talus, probably won‘t be able to ski thru by this weekend. Slushy and rough snow below 12,800. jspydr         
2008-05-19 The main parking lot for Quandary TH is still unaccessable. You will need to park on Blue Lake Rd. As of 5/17, the entire trail snow covered. I expect after this week that there will be partial melting. If you get an early start, the snow below 12,000 feet is hard but turns into slushy ice after 9am, expect lots of post holes without snow shoes. Above tree line the snow is windblown packed until 9am when it then turns wet. Piker         

Topographic map of route at TH. (Added by: schumi248 on 2009-08-27)Sign at the TH (Added by: jdogger248 on 2009-09-24)

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