Was planning on doing Cache, but once I scrambled up to the saddle I thought Independence looked more fun. Didn't want to go down the same way I came up, so I followed the north ridge-- eventually making my way back to the main trail a mile or so below the first lake. Looping from my campsite at the 2nd lake, it took about 3 hours.
Climbed Independence after Cache, from the west side. Pretty area, great views of the lakes below. Trip Report
Much more accessible than I thought. Did Cache and Independence from the West in under 4 hours. Great view!
Nice hike, along with Cache Peak.
Easy ridge traverse from Cache. Followed the ridge back to the trail rather than dropping back down into the lakes basin.
Did this after Cache.
Excellent combination with Cache. Nice views of the lakes.
hiked to the independence lakes and decided to take a shortcut over the peak back to car. had a great time.
This is a nice morning or afternoon (but beware of thunderstorms). The brush is a little dense here and there, but the south ridge of Independence over the white quartz blocks is great fun! Stay to the east (basin side) of the ridge for the least vegetation and easiest hiking.
My 13 year old daughter and I came in from the lake trail, hiked to the far end of the lakes, scrambled up to the ridge and then followed the ridge to Independence summit. On the descent, we headed north down other side. At the bottom we followed a boulder field with a hidden stream back east to the trailhead.
Did this one before Cache. I liked the hike better for Independence than Cache, but both were nice hikes.
nice view of Independence Lakes. Impressive quartz blocks along the summit ridge
After climbing Cache Peak I went back down to the saddle and followed the south ridge up to Mount Independence. There were still some snow cornices on the ridge. Then I followed the northeast ridge and descended back down to the first Independence Lake.
Did this one with Cache Peak. A good hike.
Climbed this pretty little peak with my wife and our dog. A great quick outing with stunning alpine scenery. Can be easily combined with bagging Cache Peak next door (which we didn't do).