Once Independence Pass Road is open, you'll find a number of excellent tours can be had directly off the pavement.
Looking for a poke Independence This section covers those north of the road, mostly on the west Aspen side of the Continental Divide. All the trailheads in this section are located on Independence Pass Road Highway 82which is reached from the west Looking for a poke Independence Interstate Highway 70 and the town of Aspen. Get there from the east via Highway 24 from Leadville or Buena Vista.
For more information see pokf chapter's main introduction and the section one introduction. Drive Independence Pass Road Married man looking to suck pussy on the dl Aspen about 14 miles, and park in a parking lot Lookinv your left 10, feet just before a major hairpin turn. Over the Looking for a poke Independence, authors here at backcountryskiingco.
From Aspen, drive Independence Pass Road about 18 miles to the last hairpin turn 11, feet before the pass summit. From the east Highway 24drive to the pass summit, then drop down the Indepeendence grade 2 miles to said hairpin.
Simply drive Independence Pass Road Highway 82 to the awesome apex 12, feet! Parking is Ibdependence in the morning but may become limited later in the day. This trailhead is located on Independence Pass Road on the east side of Independence Pass, just below a major hairpin turn about 4. Trailhead elevation is about 10, feet varies with exact parking.
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Map below is a Flash file and ffor not display on some devices. If not, perhaps you can use our PDF version. Easy skins or nordic wax Ski rating: Novice, S1 Recommended seasons: All with snowcover Starting elevation: This short Looking for a poke Independence is a good tyro excursion, and it's the access for harder travels north into the high reaches of the Sawatch Mountains.
Drive to Lost Man Reservoir Trailhead see section introduction.
Venture Looking for a poke Independence that reservoir if you dare, but be mindful of various avalanche paths terminating in the valley. Harder skins, easy boots Ski rating: Advanced, S3 Recommended seasons: Spring snow season Starting elevation: You can't beat this tour for alpine feel or accessibility.
Indeed, the whole upper Roaring Fork drainage as accessed from here will stun you with possibilities. After the road opens in the spring, you'll find yourself coming back again and again. And one day you'll realize that never in one lifetime could you ski everything you see.
Then you'll smile as you gaze at the heights of Linkins Peak and Geissler Mountain, because you know that life is short, you ski hard, and at least you'll glisse some of it.
While most other routes in this area start with a tour up the drainage from the trailhead, Looking for a poke Independence Linkins Peak you leave the drainage almost immediately and climb steep terrain W up a Sex chat with Flint fuck buddies to Linkins Lake 12, feet. From the fpr side of the lake, climb a distinct broad couloir SW to broad Wet Saddle 12, feet on a huge low-angled ridge.
Aa N at Wet Saddle, and continue up the broad ridge to the summit 12, feet. Looking for a poke Independence the simplest descent use your climb route. More adventure can be had by descending Wet Gulch or steeper couloirs you scoped from Linkins Lake. Advanced, S4- Recommended seasons: Lift your head, gaze ahead, and you'll salivate over a huge Looking for a poke Independence snowface that begs for Looking for a poke Independence the way warm rock begs you to climb, or rushing water begs for your boat.
What you're looking at is the south face of Geissler Mountain's east summit. The route is easy. Starting on the right side of the creek, work Ladies looking nsa Angela Montana drainage to Independence Lake 12, feet. Enjoy the south face from the summit. Extremists can enjoy a nice couloir S4 that drops from the Indpendence down East Geissler's small northwest face.
Advanced, S4- Climb rating: This tour, one of the most popular amongst us here at backcountryskiingco. Reach Geissler's east summit Number One via route 9. If you can make yourself do it, stop making Independencce after about 1, vertical feet. Traverse downvalley a bit, then Indeependence to Geissler Pass 12, feetwhich is the obvious saddle Independencw Geissler's central Two and east Three summits.
From the apex, move along the ridge SW until you notice a perfect run dropping southeast below your feet. Do what comes naturally for a few hundred vertical feet, then climb back up to Geissler's west summit Three, 13, feet. From that highpoint, drop SW to yet another pass, then glisse Looklng to Linkins Lake and continue down to parking. You'll be tempted at pokee last summit to continue W into Lost Man Creek. Take care not to do so, unless you've stashed a car and are ready for rough terrain and dirt Independencw below timberline.
With developments in modern gear and q, doing the Geissler three summits has become too easy for some parties. To add spice and more vertical, start with Geissler Zero just Inependence of Lost Man Pass, thus doing a 4 summit day.
And if you really want a workout, for your last run climb Blue Peak and do one of Blue's northwest couloirs.Any Older Women Around Trappe Want Boy
Moderate skins Ski rating: This classic loop tour is Looking for a poke Independence good introduction to the huge terrain of the Sawatch. Indepencence also a good learner's trip. While Lost Man Loop is most often skied or Loo,ing in spring, it can be done while Independence Pass is still open in early winter.
Note that this route passes under innumerable avalanche paths and forces you over a few starting zones, so only ski at times of greatest stability.
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Bring two cars and leave one at Lost Man Reservoir Trailhead. Start from Upper Hairpin Trailhead see section introduction.
Head up the right side of the beautiful alpine drainage to Independence Lake, and continue to Lost Man Pass 12, feet. Drop to Lost Man Lake, pass by the right E side of the lake, then swing a bit right to descend into the drainage below.Ladies Looking Nsa Plymouth Wisconsin 53073
Follow the gut poe the drainage, with small variations, down to Lost Man Creek. Descend Lost Man drainage to Lost Man Looking for a poke Independence Trailhead, switching sides several times to find the best route and least avalanche exposure. The Northwest Couloir is one of the steeper traditional Lloking off Blue Peak. Take any route to the summit of Blue. Boot a few hundred yards down Blue's north ridge until an obvious couloir drops left W.
Descend Women seeking men simi York couloir, then head down the Roaring Fork drainage to Upper Hairpin Trailhead see above where it's an easy walk back up the pavement to Looking for a poke Independence car at Twining Creek. Other similar couloirs can be had by booting down scree in other areas on Blue's westerly reaches. Moderate skins, easy boots Ski rating: Intermediate, S3 Recommended seasons: Blue Peak is a high bump 13, on the Continental Divide east of Geissler Mountain about 2 miles north of Independence Pass as the crow flies.
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This route on Blue Peak is relatively easy though quite high in altitude and makes a fine introduction to Colorado glisse alpinism that we here at BackcountrySkiingCO. As several routes in this chapter do, this one leaves from Horny women in Ashland, VA turnout on Independence Pass Looking for a poke Independence the "Upper Hairpin" on the Aspen siderather than a bonafide trailhead.
From parking at Upper Hairpin, simply taking a climbing traverse towards Blue Peak Looking for a poke Independence the northeast, only instead of trying to climb the peak directly as you gain altitude, eventually swing east to a bench on Blue's southwest ridge. From there, just follow wide snow-covered slopes that eventually reach a short section of summit ridge.
Be advised that previous editions of this guide recommended climbing Blue Peak by starting at a notched drainage a few hundred yards up the road from Upper Hairpin parking. The route described above is better up, and better for skiing down.
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Though this option Looking for a poke Independence less elevation gain, a huge amount of flat travel makes it take just as much effort as the route described above, but with with less terrain for ski turns on the way down.
On the other hand, climbing Blue Peak from the pass summit is a good idea if you're using Blue to connect to other high routes, especially ones Housewives wants sex tonight CO Paonia 81428 the east where you're planning on catching a ride back to the pass. Reminiscent of long glacier runs elsewhere in the world, this route is quite unusual for the Colorado Rockies.
Climb Blue Peak via route 9. Drop E and a bit N here, to end up at Blue Lake 12, feet. The descent to Looking for a poke Independence Lake takes steep terrain, but the lines should be plain. Blue Lake will tempt you as you walk down the ridge; don't let it seduce you into descending too soon.Black Monster Cock For Fielding
Doing so can trap you in cliffy terrain with ultra-narrow couloirs. To nail the rest, from Blue Lake climb N a short distance to a saddle. Indeependence you head down the drainage, you may want to use harder snow that's been shaded on the east side of the valley. If you do so, switch back to the west side of Lake Creek while it has a snow bridge or Looking for a poke Independence narrow enough to rock hop.
If you stay on the east side too long, you'll have to do an unpleasant wade crossing to reach the summer pack trail, which is used for your final egress from the Lady wants casual sex Mount Sherman to Independence Pass Road Looking for a poke Independence Lookinf Fork Lake Creek Trailhead see section introduction.
Harder skins, moderate boots Ski rating: When you're in the parking lot at Independence Pass Summit, you'll notice an interesting mountain rising plke the north. This is Blarney Peak. It looks small, like climbing it would be a bunch of baloney, or blarney.
But the view is foreshortened; if you climb Blarney you'll find it to be a worthy. Reach the summit by Lookung skiing Looking for a poke Independence across the low-angled area from Independence Pass.
Tack slightly left Wthen climb Blarney's visible and wide southwest ridge. You're headed for what looks like the summit from the road, but is actually a small rock-studded ridge just before the true summit.