Climbing 14,000-foot mountains is a kind of unofficial state pastime for hikers in Colorado, with completists sometimes spending years to bag all 53. A good place for newcomers to start their quest is Quandary Peak, a relatively gentle mountain located just outside the ski town of Breckenridge. The five-mile round trip up Quandary’s East Ridge is a straightforward trail hike that packs views of the Tenmile Range and the White River National Forest below. If you catch the fourteener bug, there are more novice-friendly objectives, including Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans, nearby.