Independence Pass, Colorado - Elevation 12,095 Feet
|An Mountain Paradise On The Continental Divide
Independence Pass is one of those places where tourists really ought to visit. The mountain scenery.
The high elevation. The novelty of being on the Continental Divide.
There are also trails, mountains to climb, ski and snowmobiling opportunities and more. Laslty, do bring your winter gear;
you will likely need it, especially if it is windy.
On this page are mostly my photos on June 6, 2008. That's right. If you glance down, you'll notice a lot of
snow in those images. That's another
advantage to Indpendence Pass: If you're from a hot weather state like
Florida, you may find it amusing to see snow this late in the season. :)
A large snow enbankment near at the highest hairpin switchback on the Lake County side of the pass.
Photos and write-up by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado.
The Independence Pass sign.
||Remember folks, today's date was June 6! :)
|Skiing At Independence Pass
I would estimate the snow to be about six to eight feet high from the ground, and
there were many skiers enjoying the conditions.
This reminds me of last year, when I went
snowshoeing in this area, and I met Steve Share of Minnesota who was skiing as
part of his year-long adventure of skiing in every month of the Year 2007.
In that bottom photo, click the thumbnail to see all the people slowly hiking up the hill.
||Oh yes, I've got a thing for snow. :)
||Looking towards Highway 82 as it travels west
into Pitkin County and toward Aspen.
I was too lazy to travel down the road on this morning.
|Two pictures of the snowy road.
Photo Directly Below Taken on August 10, 2007
|There is also a comparatively large
tundra pool to the north of the parking area, and the adjacent photo is
the view looking toward the west with the tundra pool completely covered in snow.
To give you more perspective, the adjacent photo includes that tundra pool from the same general area.
It was taken during the sunset on August 10, 2007. You can those photos here:
Independence Pass Sunset.
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