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Sep 3, 2020 - Independence Pass

Independence Pass is a high mountain pass in central Colorado, originally known as Hunter Pass. It is a 32 mile drive up peaking at an elevation of 12,095 ft on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, the highest paved pass in North America. The pass is midway between Aspen & Twin Lakes, on the border of Pitkin & Lake counties. We drove up from the Twin Lakes side and stopped at the top of the pass at a large parking area. From there there are several easy hiking trails leading to the top of the surrounding peaks...

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Sep 4, 2016 - Mt Elbert

Yesterday we took care of grocery shopping in Buena Vista which is about 20 miles south of the cg. Everybody in this section of Colorado was at the City Market! It rained both in the morning and poured when we got back. Today was s much better day although it started off rainy. We took the atv up 2 miles on a rough 4wd to the south Elbert trailhead and then hiked another 1.5 miles in on the trail to the summit. 26 years ago we hiked to the top (14,000+) and the trail didn't seem as steep as it did this time. The aspens along the way were...

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Sep 2, 2016 - Lake view cg

We woke up to a cold rain this morning that drizzled on and off until noon. Shades of Silverton but then it cleared off and you could see all the mtn tops. We're right below mt. Elbert, the highest mtn in Colorado. We took the atv about 4 miles up fs rd 122 past several great boondocking areas. The road wasn't too bad until we came to a steep downhill and decided to hike another mile. The trail was in an aspen forest with beaver dam lakes along the way. Back to the cg to watch the labor day campers flock in!

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Sep 1, 2016 - Twin lakes

We've spent the couple of days without cell coverage so we're catching up neat Leadville. We left Silverton and headed to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison for a night and then took hwy 92 to Marble, where spent 2 nights at Bogan Flats cg. We took the atv up 4 rocky miles along the Crystal River to the site of the most photographed mill. We hiked a little and then drove back. This morning we drove through Aspen and over Independence pass to the lake view cg at Twin Lakes. We're surrounded by 13-14,000 ft mtns and have a view of the lakes.

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Sep 7, 2012 - Independence Pass and Twin Lakes

From Carbondale, we drove past the Collegiate Range, a group of mountains that are named after Ivy League colleges and each peak is above 14,000 feet. As usual, the pictutes do not do them justice! Unfortunately, as we neared the Continental Divide, Pike's Peak and Manitou Springs, the weather got snarky and not too many pictures came out well! We made it through Independence Pass, where there was once a prosperous mining town at 12,095 feet elevation. We stopped to take a picture at the continental divide marker. I find it fascinating that...

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