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Independence Pass, CO

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CO > Northwest
4 of 5 by 2
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 12,104 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Backpack No
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
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13  2018-09-23 MtnBart01
150  2015-09-20
Colorado Fall Colours - Sep2015
15  2013-07-19 blueberry1222
Author blueberry1222
author avatar Guides 11
Routes 0
Photos 277
Trips 13 map ( 40 miles )
Age 46 Female Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:53am - 6:05pm
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Rocky Mountain High
by blueberry1222

Likely In-Season!
Beautiful hike on the Continental Divide. Independence Pass is located on the drive between Leadville and Aspen. There is a hiking path straight from the parking lot at 12,095 feet. There are two trail options: Concrete user friendly trail or dirt path leading up to one of the ridges. I would recommend the dirt trail along the tundra. Of course, stay on the trail and resist the urge to wander off onto the fragile tundra where plants take 20 years to take root. Enjoy the landscape that was sculpted by glaciers thousands of years ago. And of course, keep an eye on the clouds as they move fast up here and weather changes on a dime.

Independence Pass used to be part of the territory of the Ute Indians. It used to be that Colorado settlers were ordered to settle only in areas east of the Continental Divide, but gold was found in them thar hills, and prospectors set up camp all over the place, defying all orders to the contrary. The road was needed to get to the precious metals.

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2013-07-25 blueberry1222

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Colorado Fall Colours - Sep2015
    Colorado Fall Colours - September 2015

    Making an attempt this time at combining business with pleasure with my Team making a presentation and "ask" from our R&D Council meeting in Boulder CO followed by a Life Sciences Investor Conference in Vail CO that alternates between Arizona and Colorado :next: ... .pdf and ... 2016 Given the time of year in the Rocky Mountains, we were hoping to find some fall colours. Also wanted a chance to check out Independence Pass :next: [ description ]

    Ahwatukee AZ to Boulder CO is 894 miles, 13 hrs, 9 min per Google Maps
    Boulder CO to Vail CO is 107 miles, 1 hrs, 58 min per Google Maps
    Vail CO to Ahwatukee home is 761 miles, 12 hrs, 30 min via Durango

    Itinerary goes here...

    Colorado – September 2015
    Saturday 9/19 – prep day…

    Sunday 9/20 – BEST WESTERN PLUS Boulder Inn, 770 28th Street, Boulder, CO, Phone: 303/449-3800 – confirmation number 515929770, King 400 sqft Master Suite Pet Friendly Patio Room. ... tels Drive from home to Boulder CO is 894 miles via Santa Fe NM, 13 hrs 9 min per Google Maps

    Monday 9/21 – BEST WESTERN PLUS Boulder Inn, Boulder CO – explore Boulder and surrounding mountains :next: [ photo ] Reservations Sunday to Wednesday.

    Tuesday 9/22 – BEST WESTERN PLUS Boulder Inn, Boulder CO – explore Boulder and surrounding mountains :next: [ photo ] Reservations Sunday to Wednesday.

    Wednesday 9/23 – ANTLERS at VAIL RESORT, 680 Lionshead Place, Vail, CO 81657 USA, (970)476-2471 - confirmation number 153442. 1 Bed Room condo, pet friendly condo Morning presentation to R&D Council @ legacy Covidien facility in Boulder CO. Evening reception at Vail Marriott Lionshead Village, 715 West Lionshead Circle, Vail CO. Boulder Inn to Antlers at Vail Resort is 107 miles via Golden CO, 1 hr 58 min per Google Maps.

    Thursday 9/24 – ANTLERS at VAIL RESORT. Rocky Mountain Life Sciences Ventures @ Vail Marriott Lionshead Village Resort. ... 3660 Registration ID: 5004146

    Friday 9/25 – ANTLERS at VAIL RESORT – explore day

    Saturday 9/26 – check out ANTLERS, Vail CO – drive home is 761 miles via Telluride CO, 12 hrs 30 min per Google Maps

    Sunday 9/27 – recover at home…

    Sunday September 20th - Ahwatukee to Boulder CO
    Fitbit distance = 2.47 miles, 150 AEG (15 floors)
    Made an early morning getaway via AZ87 to Payson and Holbrook to pick up the I-40. Missed my planned turn at Laguna Pueblo to capture a couple of images (HAZ Hike :next: [ description ] ) so we pushed onto Albuquerque NM for our leg-stretcher break. Helped a stranded motorist near Las Vegas NM – clogged air filter! Karma fulfilled, had our Antelope herds appear on cue to usher in the New Mexico sunset…
    Couldn’t get a “dog friendly” cottage reserved at Chautauqua this time :next: https://chautauqua. ... com/, so resorted to “plan B” using the Boulder Best Western Plus as base camp :next:

    HAZ hikes
    1. Fort Union National Monument NM :next: [ description ]
    2. Wagon Mound NM :next: [ description ]
    3. Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge NM :next: [ description ]

    Monday September 21st – Boulder CO and Surrounding Area
    Fitbit distance = 7.37 miles, 410 AEG (41 floors)
    Quest for some local Fall Colours – explore Flatirons and travel up Flagstaff Road to Gross Reservoir and onto Nederland and Brainard Lake area in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Roosevelt National Forest…

    HAZ hikes
    1. Chautauqua / Bluebell Mesa CO :next: [ description ]
    2. Royal Arch Trail CO :next: [ description ]
    3. Flatirons 1 & 2 CO :next: [ description ]
    4. Panorama Point CO :next: [ description ]
    5. Meyer Homestead CO :next: [ description ]
    6. Gross Reservoir CO :next: [ description ]
    7. Barker Reservoir CO :next: [ description ]
    8. Brainard Lake Loop Trail :next: [ description ]
    9. Long Lake - Jean Lunning Loop Trail :next: [ description ]
    10. Jean Lunning Trail :next: [ description ]
    11. Lake Isabelle Trail :next: [ description ]
    12. Red Rock Lake Trail :next: [ description ]
    13. Boulder Canyon Trails :next: [ description ]

    Tuesday September 22nd – Boulder CO and Surrounding Area
    Fitbit distance = 5.82 miles, 530 AEG (53 floors)
    Early morning stroll at Chautauqua. Good laugh seeing Chryssie take on all the squirrels. Dry run with my Team before heading the Avery Brewery for dinner :next: ... true

    HAZ hikes
    1. Chautauqua / Bluebell Mesa CO :next: [ description ]

    Wednesday September 23rd - Boulder CO to Vail CO via Nederland CO
    Fitbit distance = 5.16 miles, 180 AEG (18 floors)
    Team made our presentation to the R&D Council and I headed back to our Boulder base camp to hit the road to Vail CO. Checked into our next base camp at the Antlers Resort and headed to the Rocky Mountain Life Sciences Investor Conference reception…

    HAZ hikes
    1. none

    Thursday September 24th – Vail CO
    Fitbit distance = 5.53 miles, 70 AEG (70 floors)
    All day at the Rocky Mountain Life Sciences Investor Conference…

    HAZ hikes
    1. Eagles Loop Trail :next: [ description ]

    Friday September 25th – Vail CO to Minturn to Leadville to Aspen to Glenwood Springs to Vail CO
    Fitbit distance = 10.66 miles, 490 AEG (49 floors)
    Enjoyed many Colorado Rocky Mountain mini-treks, but the hi-lite was Independence Pass...

    HAZ hikes
    1. Camp Hale Ruins :next: [ description ]
    2. Tennessee Pass :next: [ description ]
    3. Twin Lakes Reservoir :next: [ description ]
    4. Independence Pass :next: [ description ]
    5. Independence Ghost Town :next: [ description ]
    6. Hanging Lake :next: [ description ]

    Saturday September 26th Vail CO to Durango CO to Ahwatukee AZ
    Fitbit distance = 4.74 miles, 170 AEG (17 floors)
    Primo Fall Colours providing eye-candy all along the route home...

    HAZ hikes
    1. Crystal Lake CO :next: [ description ]
    2. Molas Lake CO :next: [ description ]

    Sunday 9/20 = 2.47 miles, 150 AEG
    Monday 9/21 = 7.37 miles, 410 AEG
    Tuesday 9/22 = 5.82 miles, 530 AEG
    Wednesday 9/23 = 5.16 miles, 180 AEG
    Thursday 9/24 = 5.53 miles, 70 AEG
    Friday 9/25 = 10.66 miles, 490 AEG
    Saturday 9/26 = 4.74 miles, 170 AEG
    TOTAL = 41.75 miles, 2000 AEG

    233 iPhone photos
    142 Canon 7D photos
    298 Canon 6D photos
    171 Canon Rebel XT photos
    TOTAL = 844 photos

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take State Hwy 82 from Twin Lakes going towards Aspen. Independence Pass is along the way along on a seriously windy road that is full of cars, bike riders, and motorcycle riders.
    page created by blueberry1222 on Jul 25 2013 8:44 am
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