Twining Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Independence Pass
Posted On: 2022-07-24, By: zootloopz
Info: Summer conditions! Loop of UN 13,500, Twining Peak, UN 13,545, UN 13,202, Deer Mountain, UN 13,736, and Mount Champion. Storms moved in earlier than we anticipated so we skipped adding on UN 13,300B and K49. Beautiful ridge as far as the Sawatch goes with some opportunities for class 3 and occasional 4th. Fun to get 4 bicents in one day!! 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-27, By: Grover
Info: Reached the summit of Twining Peak from Independence Pass. I used the direct approach, avoiding the ridge/summit of Point 13,500, by staying to the west (left) of this unnamed point. Connected willows, snowfields, rocks, and bare ground to reach the summit. I used gaiters, microspikes and poles, and did not bring snowshoes. The snow was supportive enough, but I did posthole a handful of times. Ski/Splitboard?: I decided to hike this peak given the broken sections of snow. Other people were out on ski's today, but there is not a continuous line of snow and you will transition several times from sticks to hiking. 
Route: Via 13500 from Indy Pass
Posted On: 2021-07-17, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Dry from 13,500. Descended Twining's west ridge into the basin and contoured around 13500's south ridge. Some wet terrain but nothing to unmanageable. 
Route: Loop from Independence Pass
Posted On: 2021-06-18, By: angry
Info: UN13,500 > Twining > UN13,545 > East Geissler > West Geissler. The route between 13,500 and Twining is in summer conditions; any remaining snow patches are avoidable or of no consequence. No summit register. 
Route: From Independence Pass, via Blarney
Posted On: 2021-06-04, By: mijoflynn
Info: Didn't hike Twining; I was on the south side of Independence Pass today. But someone had asked on another CR about the ridge from Blarney (aka 13,500'), so I thought I'd attach a pic. Looks like there's snow on the top hundred feet or so. 
Route: Independence Pass
Posted On: 2020-11-02, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: I did not summit, stopped at 13,300 due to crazy wind,but snow conditions were minimal and patchy from the trail at Indy Pass to UN 13,505 and the route to Twinning seemed clear as well with occasional snow but no higher risks. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: Flyingfish
Info: Used micro spikes from the summit till the return to Lost Man Pass. The ascent from 13500 is essentially dry 
Route: From Independence Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: WildWanderer
Info: Still a lot of snow/mush in the willows, but it can be avoided by navigating more to the west. I summited 13500 first and took the ridge to Twinning and then retraced my steps because I didn't like the look of the snow in the basin so late in the day. No traction needed with careful route finding. 
Route: From PT 13500 / From Independence Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: cloudkicker
Info: 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. The upper basin below the Twining-13500 saddle that people usually drop down at in order to make this a loop, is still holding lots of snow. I would wait a couple weeks or more if trying to make this a loop. Otherwise plan to return over 13500 or expect lots of wallowing on the way back to Independence Pass. I'll add pictures later once I've made it back home and can pull them off my camera. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-26, By: supranihilest
Info: There's somewhat of a trail between Twinning and Point 13,500, but there's also a lot of Class 2 talus that you have to go over. The summit block the way I did it was Class 2+, perhaps if one searched a bit more there'd be a purely Class 2 way. Not a difficult peak but harder than 13,500 by a hair. 
Route: West
Posted On: 2019-06-08, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: Everything off independence pass is still filled in, twining has multiple lines off the west side that you can ski 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2017-08-13, By: Grover
Info: This is super easy route and a hidden gem, really, given the proximity to Independence Pass. Great place to hangout and look around at the sea of peaks you are surrounded by. On the wildlife front, there is a large group of ptarmigan just under the summit, so be on the lookout for these masters of camouflage. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2017-07-02, By: habaceeba
Info: After West & East Geissler, and UN13,545 I went up the Geisslers before hitting this ridge, but if someone wanted to go directly to this ridgline and hike up past Independence Lake, be ready for a slog. The trail is muddy with patchy snow. The snow has been trampled from what I could tell from up high. Getting up to UN13,545 is Class 3 with some exposure but the rock is solid. The ridge after that is undulating with some serious exposure. Careful route finding bypasses a lot of the gendarmes, but will not eliminate the exposure. The finale, which you can see from the beginning is a short Class 4 move up a chimney followed by a walk up to Twining. 
Route: South slopes
Posted On: 2012-11-02, By: Eph 2 5
Info: I climbed Twining via Pt. 13,500 just north of the Independence Pass parking lot. Snow was mostly avoidable, except for the short traverse between the false summit of Twining and the true summit to the north (see picture #4 below). I took that area very carefully and should have put on Microspikes. There are cornices on the traverse. There was also a little snow on the north side of Pt. 13,500 that caused some very minor scrambling (see picture #3). No snowshoes are needed. Independence Pass was completely dry. Picture #2 was taken from near the summit of Pt. 13,500 looking towards Twining (a little left of center). 
Route: Via Pt 13,500 & Independence Pass
Posted On: 2012-06-24, By: Wyoming Bob
Info: Route up and over Pt. 13,500 is dry, obviously too much so given fire activity. link Link to usual trip narrative 

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