100 miMiles
150 miMiles
200 miMiles
2-Day+
More

Independence Pass, Colorado

97 miles with 9,000 feet of climbing
Independence Pass • Route Profile
Route Profile

Independence Pass • Climbs

HC: Mile 15
Cat. 1: Mile 52
Cat. 3: Mile 92

Independence Pass • Description

At 12,095 feet, Independence Pass is the fourth highest road in America. The summit is above tree line, and there is a chance of snow year-round.
The west side climb starts in Aspen and is about 17 miles long, with over 4,000 feet of elevation gain. Sometimes the road is narrow, with several sharp blind corners.
The east side climb starts in Twin Lakes and is also about 17 miles long, with close to 3,000 feet of elevation gain. The first 13 miles are gently rolling climbs through a valley, and the last 4 miles consist of steeper switchbacks.
This ride actually starts in Snowmass, about 10 miles from Aspen, which allows a warm-up before the start of the big climb. Pretty much the entire route follows CO 82, from Aspen to Independence Pass Summit to Twin Lakes and back. The final climb up the bike path to Snowmass is the shortest but also steepest ascent.

Independence Pass • Interactive Map

Independence Pass • Pictures

Independence Pass • Aspen
Aspen
Independence Pass • Aspen Forest
Aspen Forest
Independence Pass • Independence Pass West
Independence Pass West
Independence Pass • Independence Pass West
Independence Pass West
Independence Pass • Independence Pass
Independence Pass
Independence Pass • Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes
Independence Pass • Independence Pass East
Independence Pass East
Independence Pass • Independence Pass East
Independence Pass East
Independence Pass • Independence Pass East
Independence Pass East
Independence Pass • Summit Lake
Summit Lake

Independence Pass • Personal Notes

I rented a bike at Four Mountain Sports in Snowmass and put on my own pedals and seat. Since the store opens at 9:00 AM, I got a late start. Luckily the weather remained stable.
At the turn-around point in Twin Lakes were a lot of people, and it turned out that the Leadville Trail 100 run was coming through town.
By:
See Also: American & European Rides
© 2006 - 2017 T.bike. All rights reserved.