Che Wentz and I started at 3:30 PM from the pass just afte a little storm. We summited the sub peak and then Twining or Blue Peak as I've heard it called. We sunk into some waist deep muddy slosh holes a few times on the way back but it was well worth the swim! Nice mellow-surfy-sunset-turns back to the lot...
For some reason, I had a hair up my butt to go to Aspen for breakfast. On the way home, I took a few hours to ascend this delightful (and quick) mountain. Good weather and no body else on the mountain!
This was my second attempt to climb Twining. It helped that the weather was clear this time around! Short and sweet, simple climb from Independence Pass. Nice views from the top.
We hiked from Independence Pass up UN 13,500 as described in ColoradoScott's trip report. The views are incredible: the entire Elk range is visible to the west, and more rare views of the west sides of Elbert and Massive to the east. A pretty waterfall on the lower-western slopes on the way down highlighted hike/scramble down. We climbed on the Fourth of July and saw ZERO people after leaving Independence Pass behind.
Twining has a "double summit" that is visible from UN 13,500. The first summit is just a hike, class 2 or 2+. The other (higher) summit is about 100 feet east, and the ridge between them is "airy" - a little exposed - and getting to the summit requires maybe one easy class 3 move, but not in an exposed point.
This page really needs to be reorganized: Twining Peak is a separate bicentennial peak, and point 13,545, whether or not it's the most interesting route, is only a route, and it's not a hiking route. The route from Independence Pass is the natural hiking route, and there are really two routes, the southwest slopes and the continental divide ridge over UN 13500.
Was just driving over the pass with a buddy and on the spur of the moment decided to knock them off.
It was very worth it. Only 2 to 4 hrs round trip.
This was a while ago when I was 8 or 9, and I don't quite remember it very clearly, but what I do remember is very pleasant. My dad and I hiked from a trailhead near Independence Pass, through some marshy meadows, and then headed up a talus slope to the ridge (me pausing for quite some time to scramble 10 feet up some outcrop, and then back down). From the top of the ridge it was an easy hike up to the top, though there were several humps that I thought were going to be the top, and then weren't.
Just thought I would crow about my accomplishments for a few minutes.
Please see my trip report of this climb.
The mountains around North Fork Lake Creek are very assecible and make for fun climbing. I will go back and build up this area on SP.