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Independence Pass Trailhead
Added by Chicago Transplant

Location:  Sawatch Range
Road Type:  Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Paved (Elevation 12,095)
Directions:  Independence Pass is the summit of Colorado State Highway 82 as it runs between Twin Lakes and Aspen. The pass is located on the Continental Divide. To reach CO 82 from the east follow US 24 approximately 14 miles south of Leadville or 20 miles north of Buena Vista to the signed turn-off. From the west, CO 82 runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and continues through Aspen, follow the signs to negotiate a few turns in Aspen. The pass has some tight switchbacks and may not be negotiable by vehicles with large trailers.
Winter Access:  The pass is closed in winter. The east side gate is at appx 10,475 at Graham Gulch, just west of the standard TH for La Plata Peak around MM 68. The west side gate is apprx 10 mile east of Aspen.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2013-11-01 Closed for the winter BillMiddlebrook         
2013-05-24 According to CDOT, Independence Pass is open for the season as of May 23, 2013 at 2pm. Adverse spring weather may cause temporary closures. Chicago Transplant         
2012-11-08 Signs at the 70/91 junction state Indy Pass will close for the season at 1pm tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 9). TravelingMatt         
2012-08-14 Please note that Independence Pass will be closed on Wednesday 8/22 and Thursday 8/23 to motor vehicle traffic due to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage 3 and 4 races that are using the road. More information is available at CDOT‘s website regarding this and additional road closures over the course of the races. Chicago Transplant         
2012-05-06 Snow conditions for you skiers hoping to get some turns in after the road opens to vehicles on Friday May 11. See posted photos I rode my MTB up the pass yesterday - what a great spin, with NO traffic. See photos for snow conditions - its possible to link snowfields on the East to the lower switchback; 4th of July bowl is still skiable. MtnHigh  2       
2012-05-03 CDOT Press Release dated 5/3/12 states that Independence Pass will open on May 11th, 2012 at 9am. This is about 2 weeks earlier than normal. Chicago Transplant         
2011-05-26 Scheduled to open at 2pm on May 26, 2011 according to information from CDOT and local newspapers. Chicago Transplant         
2010-11-01 As of 10/25/10 the pass is closed for the season, expect to reopen in late May or early June depending on weather. Chicago Transplant         

Summit greeting for bikers (Added by: MtnHigh on 2012-05-07)west slopes and road (Added by: MtnHigh on 2012-05-07)looking North from summit (Added by: MtnHigh on 2012-05-07)East slopes from switchback below summit (Added by: MtnHigh on 2012-05-07)Looking SW from summit – guess the age of my MTB? (Added by: MtnHigh on 2012-05-07)

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