Independence Pass Overlook

EASY 27 reviews
#74 of 193 trails in

Independence Pass Overlook is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

snow

hiking
20 days ago

Unique little hike. Really Easy. But WOW the view is AWESOME!!

hiking
1 month ago

I would highly recommend taking the spur hike off the paved path. It can get a bit steep, but the views are astounding. I think we only did ~3.6 miles roundtrip since we deemed it unsafe to continue with the baby on my back. However, without the baby I would have continued to the top - it is a bit steep.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Second best view in the state!

walking
10 months ago

Half way between Aspen and Twin Lakes, Independence Pass is the highest paved crossing of the Continental Divide in the United States. There is a short paved walkway to two overlooks that provide great views of the alpine tundra. It also offers excellent views to the east of Mount Elbert, (at 14,440 feet...the highest peak in both Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, and the second-highest mountain in the continental U.S.), as well as La Plata Peak (another fourteener and the state's fifth-highest peak). This is an easy stop with unforgettable views, and should not be missed if you are in the area.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Good quick overlook to stop at on the independence pass!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cool, easy, windy, right off the road. A lot of people but what do you expect with it being right off the road. Overall fun short little stop, driving on the windy roads through the pass is a ton of fun too (if you like to drive).

scenic driving
Friday, July 07, 2017

Beautiful!

walking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Great views from this overlook. Quite windy the day we were there. And cold!! But this is an easy little walk to get a great view from Independence Pass.

walking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fantastic!

scenic driving
Monday, March 20, 2017

Driving up, we passed through stands of aspens on Hwy 82 between Aspen and Twin Lakes in the Sawatch Range. We arrived at Independence Pass the day before Independence Day. Sunny and beautiful above the tree line, we strolled out to the overlook and the tundra was just starting to bloom with wildflowers and several of the peaks still had slivers of snow on them. Great view of Mt. Ebert. It was a bit windy through the pass but a great stop at the highest paved pass across the Continental Divide.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Breathtaking

Friday, August 19, 2016

Great place to see the awesome road you just drove up! Usually a few cars parked up here, can get crowded, But the views are worth it, many 14'ers in the neighborhood!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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