Hiking Quandary Peak this summer?

Everything you need to know about parking for access to Quandary Peak can be found here.

Visitors wishing to hike Quandary Peak or McCullough Gulch during summer 2023, must make a parking reservation or ride a shuttle from June 17 to September 17, 2023. Outside of this period, parking is free and first-come, first served at the Quandary Peak Trailhead parking lot.

Parking Information

Parking reservations are required at the Quandary Peak Trailhead from June 17 to September 17.

Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance beginning June 1 at www.hikequandary.com.

Parking after 3:00 pm will be free and first-come, first-served.

Illegal parking fines are $100 in the Quandary parking lot and along McCullough Gulch and Blue Lakes Road.

Overnight parking is not allowed (12:00 am – 4:00 am) at the Quandary Peak Trailhead. Parking is prohibited on McCullough Gulch Road, Blue Lakes Road, and Highway 9.


Full day (5:00 am – 3:00 pm)

$30 non-peak (Monday-Thursday, excluding Holidays), $55 peak (Friday-Sunday, plus Holidays).

Full-day reservations are encouraged for Quandary hikers, as the average hike time is 6 hours.

Short-term (4-hour time slots)

$10 non-peak (Monday-Thursday), $20 peak (Friday-Sunday). Short-term reservations are well suited for McCullough Gulch hikers.

Shuttle Information


The shuttle will operate from June 17 to September 17 seven days a week from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Shuttle tickets can be purchased up to two weeks in advance, starting June 1, at www.hikequandary.com.

Shuttles will operate on a first-come, first serve basis. Passengers simply need to book the appropriate date and can board at any time on that date.

Pickup and drop-off will occur at the South gondola parking garage in downtown Breckenridge

The last shuttle back to Breckenridge will board at 4:30 pm at Quandary Peak.

It is free to park in the South Gondola parking garage all day using a code issued by SP Plus (the shuttle operator) that visitors will receive in their shuttle email confirmation.

For a carless option, passengers are encouraged to walk, bike, or take the town bus.

Dogs can ride the shuttle free of charge.


Round-trip shuttle fares are $7 per person and $0 for Summit County residents.

Residents must email hikequandary@spplus.com with proof of residency a minimum of 48 hours in advance of their trip. SP Plus will then validate your Summit County local status and will send a code to apply during checkout.

Acceptable documentation includes but is not limited to, your Driver’s License, a Utility Bill, or a Lease Agreement with the customer’s name and a Summit County address.


Visitors going to McCullough Gulch will take the same shuttle from Breckenridge as hikers going to Quandary Peak, and then board a second on-site shuttle at the Quandary Peak Trailhead to go to McCullough Gulch.

Visitors will not need to purchase a second shuttle ticket for this on-site shuttle. This on-site shuttle is free and included with a parking and/or shuttle reservation.

The McCullough Gulch shuttle runs from 8 am to 4 pm daily.

For more information head to www.hikequandary.com or Summit County Website