Unnamed 13500  
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Route: From Independence Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: cloudkicker
Info: I biked to the top of Independence Pass this morning before it opened to cars (as of noon). I went for PT 13500 but did not complete the traverse over to Twining, due to starting at 830am instead of 630. By the time I reached PT 13500 the clouds were billowing up huge so I turned. From the road (west side of lake) there's about 0.35 miles of wallowing through stretches of snow & boggy willows before you make it to the rocky tundra ridge. This section was pretty mild in my opinion and only took me about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your definition of mild may vary. The rest of the route up to PT 13500 is 95% snow free. There are two tiny snow crossings (one just below the summit) but neither are exposed and both are low consequence. The traverse over to Twining appears to be dry. Looks like there's some good skiing to be had from Twining on the west side but since I'm not a skier I'm not sure if that's a line you'd normally pick. I'll add pictures later once I've made it back home and can pull them off my camera. 
 
Route: From Independence Pass
Posted On: 2019-09-26, By: supranihilest
Info: There's a trail that starts on the east side of the pond (pond is on the north side of the pass) and goes all the way to the summit. The trail is dry, though if you go around the pond on the west side expect to get your feet wet, it's a bit boggy even where it seems like there wouldn't be any water. 
 
Route: Independence Pass
Posted On: 2019-09-21, By: Flyingfish
Info: Follow the CDT all the way to the top. some ice in the morning but melted off quickly 
 
Route: Independence Pass
Posted On: 2017-06-10, By: jasayrevt
Info: Also, traversed over to Twining Pk (13,711'). 13er summits are an inspiring, invigorating hobby. This classic route is another recommended, straightforward path. It has incredible views of many quality neighboring Sawatch Rangers (i.e. Geisslers, 13,545, etc). Conditions up high were spring bluebird. So, perfect for navigating these slopes and ridge line extremely well. Standard light pack plus trail runners approach was good. Climb safely out there mountaineers. Pictures have been included as beta 
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