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The four best photos of the hike appear below. To see a large-size version of a photo, click one of the following miniatures. My favorite is the last one (bottom right)!
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The following 15 photographs were taken on October 18, 1997, during a hike to the top of Quandary Peak. We were fortunate to get in one last hike, before the Blizzard of October '97 struck! The hike takes about 5-6 hours, round trip. Join Roger and his trusty dog ("Bear") as they scale this peak!
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Bear enjoys wading in the Blue River prior to his hike. Quandary Peak (elevation 14,265 feet) is about five miles south of Breckenridge. It is just right of center in the photo above. Quandary is one of Colorado's "Fourteeners" -- mountains that are at least 14,000 feet in elevation. There are 54 such peaks in Colorado! Quandary Peak is the only Fourteener in Summit County. The mountain got its name from early miners who were confused by the strange ore they found on the mountain -- they were "in a quandary."
There is just a little snow on the ground this time of year. The trail starts in the woods, but quickly climbs above treeline.
Beautiful views all along the way! This one is Mount Baldy (13,679 feet).
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