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Independence Pass, CO

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CO > Northwest
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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
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Colorado Fall Colours - Sep2015
15  2013-07-19 blueberry1222
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:22am - 5:12pm
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Nearby Area Water
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North Fork Lake Creek Trail #1483
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Linkins Lake
1.9 mi away
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Independence Ghost Town
2.1 mi away
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Graham Gulch
2.3 mi away
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The Lost Man Trail
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Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness Trails
3.2 mi away
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Lost Man Creek
3.3 mi away
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Lost Man Lake
3.3 mi away
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Lost Man Pass and Deadman Lake
3.3 mi away
12.0 mi
1,900 ft
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Rocky Mountain High
by blueberry1222

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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    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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    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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