A High Elevation Hike at Independence Pass Point 12812' is an ordinary ridge for Colorado mountain standards, but it's proximity to well-visited
Independence Pass gives it some notoriety.
In the warmer months, when much snow remains on the mountain's southeast slope, skiers ascend the peak by foot and
then ski into Mountain Boy Gulch. When the snow is plentiful,
skiers will go all the way down to the Highway 82 switchback, where they'll hitch rides back to pass. On this day,
I merely hiked to the top of Point 12812'. It's roughly one mile in distance (one way) with an 800 foot elevation gain. The route is straightforward, but
the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #172 for Aspen/Independence Pass can be helpful too.
The view of Point 12812' as the righthand peak from Independence Pass.
July 4, 2015 - My hike began at Independence Pass. I went a short distance on the pedestrian trail for tourists, then aimed to the right. Point 12812' and the two peaks to the left were usually in view.
Lots of wonderful snow remains.
Be careful -- do NOT stand on those snowdrifts.
Like I said, this is a popular place for late spring and summer skiers.
In the top image, I put an arrow showing two people on skis.
Also included are four friendly guys with skis. I had a good talk with them and told them how amazing their skiing dedication was.
Skiing on July 4th is not too shabby! :)
For the most part, this is an easy hike. Of course, you need to be in shape and have some clue
about what you're doing in mountains like this.