Peak:  Unnamed 13500 (13er)
 Route:  From Independence Pass
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  cloudkicker
 Date of Info:  06/01/2020
 Date Posted:  06/01/2020

I biked to the top of Independence Pass this morning before it opened to cars (as of noon).

I went for PT 13500 but did not complete the traverse over to Twining, due to starting at 830am instead of 630. By the time I reached PT 13500 the clouds were billowing up huge so I turned.

From the road (west side of lake) there's about 0.35 miles of wallowing through stretches of snow & boggy willows before you make it to the rocky tundra ridge. This section was pretty mild in my opinion and only took me about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your definition of mild may vary.

The rest of the route up to PT 13500 is 95% snow free. There are two tiny snow crossings (one just below the summit) but neither are exposed and both are low consequence.

The traverse over to Twining appears to be dry. Looks like there's some good skiing to be had from Twining on the west side but since I'm not a skier I'm not sure if that's a line you'd normally pick.

I'll add pictures later once I've made it back home and can pull them off my camera.

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