Independence Pass Trailhead


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Road Difficulty

Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Paved (Elevation 12,095')

Driving 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.
Status Updates 
Posted By: Chicago Transplant
Info: CLOSED: Due to semi trailer accident trying subvert the Grizzly Creek fire.
Posted By: cloudkicker
Info: Independence Pass is open to cars as of noon today.

I biked to the top early this morning to go for Twining and PT 13,500. Got some good pics of the snow status at the top which I will add to the report by tomorrow (when Im home and can pull the pictures off my camera).
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: FYI
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Closed for the season.
Posted By: TravelingMatt
Info: Open as per the Pitkin County sheriff department
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Open!
Posted By: TravelingMatt
Info: Closed today as per cotrip
Posted By: TravelingMatt
Info: Still open
Posted By: TravelingMatt
Info: Open today as per CDOT web site.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Closed for the winter
Posted By: Chicago Transplant
Info: According to CDOT, Independence Pass is open for the season as of May 23, 2013 at 2pm. Adverse spring weather may cause temporary closures.
Posted By: TravelingMatt
Info: Signs at the 70/91 junction state Indy Pass will close for the season at 1pm tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 9).
Posted By: Chicago Transplant
Info: 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.
Posted By: MtnHigh
Info: 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 - it’s possible to link snowfields on the East to the lower switchback; 4th of July bowl is still skiable.
Posted By: Chicago Transplant
Info: 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.
Posted By: Chicago Transplant
Info: Scheduled to open at 2pm on May 26, 2011 according to information from CDOT and local newspapers.
Posted By: Chicago Transplant
Info: As of 10/25/10 the pass is closed for the season, expect to reopen in late May or early June depending on weather.

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