Unnamed Peak 13500 is located just off of CO 82 at Independence Pass. The peak is located on the Continental Divide and on the border of the Mount Massive Wilderness. It can easily be seen from the parking lot at Independence Pass. (Almost Due North) Located in the Sawatch Range in Colorado it is one of the state's 584 "13ers" (the summit ranks in the top half of the 13ers at #202 in height). The peak is located just under three quarters of a mile south and east of Twining Peak and just over a mile north of CO 82.
From Leadville: Head south on 24. Travel just under 15 miles south until you reach CO 82. Make a right and head west on CO 82 (Road closes in Winter). Follow CO 82 for 18 miles as it winds up into the mountains until you reach Independence Pass. There is a parking lot on the right (south side of the road) as well as plenty of room to park along either side of the road leading up to and beyond the parking lot.
From Aspen: Head east on East Main Street (CO 82) past Hotel Jerome (one of Aspen's major landmarks). Main Street will curve to the right (south) and narrow to two lanes. It turns back east in a few blocks and leaves Aspen shortly there after. The road begins to climb into the mountains. 4 miles outside of Aspen are the gates where the road closes in the winter. Here you will enter the White River National Forest. 15 miles further and you will reach Independence Pass. There is a parking lot on the left (south side of the road) as well as plenty of room to park along either side of the road leading up to and just past the parking lot.
From the parking lot at Independence Pass look across the street (north) and find the small pond. Just to the east of the pond there is a unmarked, unnamed trail leading up the rolling slope to the north. There are no markers early on the trail but it is relatively easy to follow as the path is well worn. Soon it will disappear as there seem to be criss-crossing trails in the grass. If you continue to face north and continue to head up in elevation you will reach a point were you will pick the trail back up again briefly. Soon thereafter you will move from the smooth grassy trail to more boulders and large rocks. There will be a few places where you will need to maneuver up and around some large boulders, but nothing requiring ropes or climbing tools. The summit is approximately 1.2 miles from the trail head with a vertical gain of 1404 vertical feet.
Red TapeThe road to Independence Pass, CO 82 closes in the winter time.
When to ClimbBest time to hike would be summer although you should be on the lookout for afternoon storms as the trail is completely exposed. Spring and fall hikes would also be enjoyable although expect to encounter snow into late spring and as early as September.
CampingThere are a number of campsites located along CO 82 between Twin Lakes and Aspen. Check out the "Camping Information" link in the External Links section below for a map of campsites as well as information for each of the sites.
External LinksCamping Information.
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