Independence Peak

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Independence Peak

Submitted By: Dobish on June 21, 2011

Administrator: Dobish

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Colorado » Front Range

Mine Dumps

These are tree runs.  There are a couple of different options, the further back towards the ski area you go along the ridge the steeper it gets (I have heard woomphing and all sorts of sketchiness over on these shots before).  The further towards the top of the pass you go the mellower it gets.  Pick your line and ski down to the open meadow which provides a pretty great regrouping point.  After this next meadow ski tight trees down to the road.  From here I usually take my skis off, cross the road and drop down the next section and into the Loveland Valley ski area.  From there you can catch the free shuttle back to the area and either go do it again or go ski something inbounds.

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Details

This is one of the prominent peaks that you can see to the SW of Mountain Boy.  You can see the steeper lines on the North and West faces come to a point.  This is a steeper peak, with much more exposure to the elements and varying snow conditions.  It is very aesthetic, but requires a little bit of time to get there, and caution.

How to Get There

There are a number of ways to access this peak. One of which would involve a very long ridge hike, another would be to come in from the bottom.  This peak is SW of 4th of July Bowl, and can be accessed off of the West side of Highway 82.  The approach would require a creek crossing from the highway, or would require a ski down from 4th of July bowl, into the valley, and then the approach to the peak.

Area Camping

Weller Campground, Lincoln Gulch, Parry Peak, among others.

Area Food

Area Access

Highway 82 is closed in the winter.

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