Independence Peak

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Independence Peak

Submitted By: Dobish on June 21, 2011

Administrator: Dobish

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Arizona » Kachina Peaks

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From the top of Agassiz the line descends to down the high alpine ridge to the east.  Just short of the saddle it descends to the skiers right towards the south and town.  This route then followes the avalanche path and drainage for long beautiful run.  At the bottom you begin meandering right towards the Leroux fire scar.  Once you hit Freidlein Prairie Road this is the end of the run and you follow the road to skiers right back to snowbowl road. This is a long run, make sure you carry a map.  It flattens out at the end and you would like to get back to snowbowl road so you can get a ride back up to the ski area.  Please also be advised that this is the ski run where the only Arizona avalanche fatality occured, be smart.

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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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