Independence Peak

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Independence Peak

Submitted By: Dobish on June 21, 2011

Administrator: Dobish

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Featured Descent

Colorado » Front Range

The Knuckles

The descent for the Knuckles is extremely dangerous.  Do not go there unless you have experience with rocky terrain, steep runs, and variable snowpacks.  This part of Berthoud is prone to avalnaches and slides due to a rocky bed surface, limited anchors, and the solar activity that this area gets.  The entrance is not visible until you are right on top of the roll over, and very often people end up in the wrong spot.  The knuckles are defined by the steep rollover, above rocky chutes.  There is very little distance between treeline and the start of the rocky area.  Use caution coming out of tree line, and make sure to test the slope for stability.  If the snow slides, you will be dragged over sharp rocks and down a chute, into trees.  Alternative Routes are down the shoulder to the NW or to the South down High Tail Trees or Shop Chutes.  Exits for this descent are either the first turn off, or down the valley further to 7 mile.

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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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