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

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

snow

walking
5 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.