Quandary Peak’s Reputation Reaches New Heights Throughout COVID Pandemic – CBS Denver

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – Quandary Peak was by far the most hiked 14er in Colorado in 2020, according to data from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. The group’s new report says the number of people climbing Colorado’s famous peaks has increased by 44% to 415,000 days of hiking.

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Colorado recorded 288,000 days of hiking in 2019, less than 353,000 in 2018 due to an unusually active avalanche season.

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According to CFI, Quandary Peak overtook Mount Bierstadt as the most climbed 14er in the past year by around 11,000 hiking days.

Summit County Rescue Group says having the most popular 14 in the state isn’t necessarily a good thing. They say they had 18 cries for help at their peak, compared to the 15 cries for help they had so far this year.

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Last month, land managers for the Quandary Peak area discussed short-term solutions to overcrowding.

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