Independence Pass

Twin Lakes, Colorado 81251

Independence Pass

Independence Pass Professional Guide

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"The best way to ride Independence Pass? That depends on where you’re coming from. If the answer is Colorado’s Front Range (Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, etc.), you’ll save yourself a large chunk of car time by heading to the tiny town of Twin Lakes, then heading up the pass’s east side to the summit."

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Road Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"Climbing Independence Pass is something to write home about. It is one of the most difficult paved passes in North America, and perhaps the most beautiful. This iconic ride is a rite of passage for Colorado road bikers. The elevation is serious, starting over 9,000 feet and topping out over 12,000. Even the traffic gets scary on this route, with its slightly narrow roads and lack of shoulder. And it’s always raining up on Independence Pass. And that rain is cold. Needless to say, if you embark on this ride, make sure to carry the necessary gear. If there’s any question about the weather, it’s a good idea to bring a waterproof shell, thermal top, tights—and don’t forget the warm gloves and hat." Read more

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Trail Information

Twin Lakes
Nearby City
3,120 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-4 hours
Riding Time
Late spring to fall

Activity Feed

Dec 2018