Parked on the east side and made my way up the east ridge from FR708. Found the remnants of some old cabin on the saddle before hitting the burn scar. Ended up being close to 6 miles and 4500 feet of climbing. If you want to make things tough this is the way to go
I got a late start, made later by helping someone change a tire that got shredded on FR562, and started by hiking up to Graham Peak on FR707 (I don't think it has a SummitPost page?), then followed the ridge over to Stine's Peak which was a really fun cross-county trek, fantastic views of Castle Rocks and City of Rocks. Shot down the north side of Stine's into a fun bushwhack, met up with FT7014, followed that east until it faded, then bushwhacked north down down down over Almo Creek and up towards Cache Peak. Should have grabbed more water there. Found a very faded FT7012, realized I was licked (both on time and short on water), and followed that NW to FR562 and road-walked FR562 back to my car. 9.5 hour day. So many wildflowers and gorgeous views. Found a spring along FR7012 to get some more water, thankfully. Camped at City of Rocks up at site #63, amazing spot.
My Subaru Outback was fine starting from City of Rocks on FR562 up to FR707, and with care I could probably get within a couple of miles of the end; after that you definitely need high clearance. I plan to go back with a mountain bike to skip repeating that part of the road walk and then hike the trail to the summit.
While walking back on FR562 I had several confrontations with bulls standing their ground and snorting at me, where I had to hike wide around or wait a while for them to move. There are cattle all over the place up there.
Great peak. City of Rocks is awesome. The last 2 miles of NF 562 is high clearance. We also met a range bull who was reluctant to give us the road. Some of the ridge walk to Cache was an annoying mix of boulders and branches.
Standard route. Nice trail, upper route was a bit slow.
Nice hike from the west side, great views, just a little postholing. Continued to Independence after Cache. Trip Report
Super nice ski - great views! Too bad about fire, wondering when that happened. How did it start?
While I didn't get a chance to summit, I was all over this mountain for a couple of weeks during the Grape Creek Fire. Perhaps, I will come back to finish off the summit before fire season is over... or the next time I climb at the city.
There was bad weather for weeks in WA so Heather and I drove through OR, CA, NV, UT, and ID. We climbed 37 peaks in 19 days. We did Black Pine Mountains HP, Black Pine Peak and Cache Peak all in the same day. trip report
Much more accessible than I thought. Did Cache and Independence from the West in under 4 hours. Great view!
Hiked up during a snowstorm. Didn't get to enjoy the views, but still a fun hike. City of Rocks was awesome.
Enjoyable hike, approached via the Southwest Route. Went up Mount Independence first and then on to Cache Peak.
Some very nice views of the City of Rocks and Castle Rock Park. Beautiful fall colors also.
Not a bad day in the hills!
Up through the lakes basin, great weather minimal snow. Did this one after working a full day, then driving all night down from Tri-Cities.
Hiked this summit with Jennifer Knezek, Liz and Tyson Taylor, and Grant Gilbert in a couple of hours also did Independence Peak on the same trip. Fun, fun, fun!
Done as a two-fer with Independance via the southwest route. Beautiful day, but a little windy on top. Dog friendly.
We hiked in from the Independence Lakes trailhead and up to the peak. Loved the lakes and the views of City of rocks was great.
Very fun climb. I was a little timid to go by myself, but everything worked out okay. My best advice is that if you are going to do the Southwest ridge, go in the middle of the summer when the dirt roads are dry. There were several places where I almost got stuck. I decided not to get Independence.......time was a concern, but I will be back.
good way to spend a couple of hours. Climbed it from the west. Good views of City of Rocks
Very nice but mosquito infested walk up. Got up and down just ahead of the thunderclouds. Great views of City of Rocks from the top. Dan's right: you should grab Independence while you're this close. Of course I didn't.