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Tenmile Range Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 14,265'
Location: 39.47281, -106.10251 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: fossana on Sep 10, 2013
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The Tenmile Range is an extension of the Mosquito Range, both part of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. The ranges are demarcated by the Continental Divide, with Tenmile on the west side. Peak 1 and Quandary Peaks serve as the northern and southern most boundaries of the range. Several of the higher numbered peaks in the range mark the upper boundary of Breckenridge ski resort. The range is ~11.8 miles in length from the summit of Mt. Royal (subpeak of Peak 1) to the summit of Quandary Peak.

Depending on the peak and season you may find a line of peakbaggers or see not another soul. Ed F has an interesting write-up on the history and geology of the range.

Peaks include:

Mt. Royal (10,502 feet), subpeak of Peak 1
Mt. Victoria (11,785 feet), subpeak of Peak 1
Peak 1 (12,805 feet)
Tenmile Peak, aka Peak 2 (12,933 feet)
Peak 3 (12,676 feet)
Peak 4 (12,866 feet)
Peak 5 (12,855 feet)
Peak 6 (12,573 feet)
Peak 7 (12,655 feet)
Peak 8 (12,987 feet)
Peak 9 (13,195 feet)
Peak 10 (13,633 feet)
Father Dyer Peak (13,615 feet)
Crystal Peak (13,852 feet)
Mt. Helen (13,164 feet)
Pacific Peak (13,950 feet)
Fletcher Mt. (13,951 feet)
Quandary Peak (14,265 feet)

Getting There 

The trailheads are easily accessed from highways I-70, CO 91, and CO 9 out of Frisco and Breckenridge. Access options range from a hike or bike to a chairlift during ski season.

Climbing Season

For the Alpine Rock area.

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tenmile Range

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tenmile Range:
Tenmile Traverse   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, Grade IV   
Mayflower Cirque Traverse   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, Grade II   
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Featured Route For Tenmile Range
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit of Atlantic looking south to Fletcher.

Mayflower Cirque Traverse 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : Alpine Rock : Tenmile Range
This great traverse runs from the upper trailhead parking (4x4), to Atlantic Peak, Fletcher Peak, Drift Peak, and back down to the TH. For an idea of time, I climbed truck-2-truck in 5 hours. I experienced early snow and verglas, so it made it a bit more exciting. If you are comfortable soloing 5.7 alpine, no gear is necessary. If the crux shuts you down, you can traverse down below the spire on the west side and regain the ridge. An excellent write-up with much more detail is also found her...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Tenmile Range Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking in the direction of Atlantic after a bivy ...
Looking in the direction of Atlantic after a bivy ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Last (optional) class 3 bit to the Peak 10 summit.
Last (optional) class 3 bit to the Peak 10 summit.
Rock Climbing Photo: Parting view back at the traverse.
Parting view back at the traverse.
Rock Climbing Photo: Another view back toward Peak 9.
Another view back toward Peak 9.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back at Peak 9.
Looking back at Peak 9.
Rock Climbing Photo: Peak 10.
Peak 10.
Rock Climbing Photo: Depressingly low saddle before Peak 9.
Depressingly low saddle before Peak 9.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south from Tenmile Peak (aka Peak 2).
Looking south from Tenmile Peak (aka Peak 2).

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By Taylor-B.
From: Valdez, AK
Sep 11, 2013
There is already an area on MP for climbs in or above 10 Mile Canyon, Quandary Peak, Pacific Peak, and Blue Lakes. This climb would be better posted under 10 Mile Canyon. The traverse from Peak 1 to to Quandary is rated 5.6 R/X if you stay on the ridge proper and is a fine winter outing. It's kind of a POS rubble romp.
By fossana
From: leeds, ut
Sep 11, 2013
I reviewed the area hierarchy options before creating this page. 10 Mile Canyon is listed as a cragging area. It makes no sense to nest a range under a canyon. The alpine rock section notes the Mosquito Range as an example under this area. As Tenmile Range is an extension of the Mosquito Range, it seemed more appropriate as listed. If anything, Quandary should go under the range.

P.S. Your comment is under the wrong page, btw. It should go under route.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 11, 2013
I agree with Fossana. If anything, Quandary Peak should be moved so that it is under Tenmile Range.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Sep 11, 2013
Okay, in concept, having this area separate from 10 Mile Canyon is logical. Moving Quandary Peak here is a bit problematic as there would be a child - parent incompatibility (i.e. you can't have areas and routes at the same level in the hierarchy for the website). If we make yet another sub-area for the 10 Mile Traverse, then we can put Quandary Peak at that level. You'll need an admin to do this minor reorganization once we have the sub-area under Tenmile Range for Tenmile Traverse.

Taylor, this site is sort of built by an organic process. We have to make adjustments over time to make it all work. Eventually it does.
By Taylor-B.
From: Valdez, AK
Sep 28, 2013
I totally agree with all of you, the Summit County area is getting kinda of scattered on MP. I'm all for having it under The Ten Mile Range.

Nice job, Fossana, on getting after such a choss fest, I would have never thought that another climber would show any interest in that traverse.
By fossana
From: leeds, ut
Nov 13, 2013
Thanks, Taylor. It seems to be somewhat popular in the peak bagging circles based on the number of TRs.

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