Independence Pass

Total Miles
10.2

Elevation

2,956.79 ft

Duration

5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer

Trail Overview

Independence Pass takes you from the bottom of the Boulder River Valley up through a very wooded trail with occasional glimpses of the surrounding mountains up to Blue Lake at the summit. Camping towards the top is abundant with many great places to pull off and make camp. Be aware of the dense bear population in the area however, and there will be no shortage of bugs once you clear the tree line.

Photos of Independence Pass

Independence Pass
Independence Pass
Independence Pass

Difficulty

The trail consists largely of loose 6" or smaller rocks, and for the most part can be completed in 2WD. There are half a dozen spots though that do require some careful tire placement in order to make it up. All of the water crossings are less than 12" deep with a very solid bottom

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Lindsey Dissinger
May 18, 2024
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Closed Gate
Posted Sign
Independence Pass is closed due to a bridge failure. No posted information regarding reopening.
Trystyn Hope
Oct 01, 2023
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Closed Gate
Posted Sign
Cody Nelson
Aug 04, 2023
SxS
Open
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
Bradley Veale
Jul 18, 2023
SxS
Open
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated

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