Mountian Boy Ridge Trail at the Summit of Independence Pass is a must-do if prepared. Absolutely stunning as you hike past the Summit along Mountain Boy Ridge along the Continental Divide and see views like no other.

Bring your boots, hiking essentials, and wander far beyond the lookout. You won’t be disappointed!

 

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SUMMIT LOOKOUT

Just to the right of the walkway to the Lookout at the Summit, we found an old jeep trail leading southwest. This is Mountian Boy Ridge Trail. No signage but a well-traveled trail, however not everyone knows it will lead you far beyond the Summit. We are thrilled to hike it!

 

 

We found it a gentle hike through a wildflower haven in the beginning. The Lookout is a nice spot for those new to high altitude. BUT, we are prepared for going further. Luckily our day is warm, with no wind and sunny and it could not be more perfect. (we have been on top of the pass several times and it has been as low as minus 11 degrees). Yikes!

BE PREPARED

At high altitudes, dehydration plus fickle weather is always something to consider. > CLICK HERE for a look at Practical gear that we love at Crazy About Colorado and have in our backpacks on every hike

 

 

It’s smoky in the air from wildfires in California. non the less, our views were still unsurpassed looking down as we head towards the single-track trail ahead. It’s gorgeous.

 

 

Once on the single track, it’s a steady uphill climb along the Continental Divide but the views are so breathtaking that I don’t even notice. Even thru the smoky haze, you can see forever across Colorado’s highest peaks.

We hike up, we hike down along a narrow well-defined trail that on a couple of occasions seems a bit near the edge for me. However, it was not as intimidating as it looked.

 

 

 

 

END OF TRAIL

We ended at the most unusual black rocks which signified the end of the trail. I can’t express in words how incredible it is up here. Looking far down, looking far west, east, and south it’s a one-of-a-kind hike.

 

 

 

Whether going up or heading back we are surrounded by nothing but views.

 

Never underestimate the weather or the altitude in Colorado. It’s fickle and can catch you by surprise. Items I always have are Hydration Tablets, a Hiking Umbrella, & my Nano Puff Vest.

 

 

The views continue to follow us as we head back onto the old jeep trail. The tundra gets greener, our breathing gets easier and our wonder never ceases.

 

 

 

 

If weather conditions are favorable and you’ve acclimated to high altitude take a wander and see Colorado at its highest! I stress being acclimated to the altitude because it is real and can make you sick. Read here for more info  >High Altitude Warning Signs

Know the weather forecast – before hiking above treeline – a good source is to search Independence Pass on mountainweather.com

TIDBITS
6 miles out & back

Rated: difficult

Nearest towns; Aspen, Leadville

Highest elevation: Near 13,000′

Independence Pass Travel Info

Restrooms at Summit

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