Hiking Independence Pass
One of my favorite hikes on Independence Pass is Lost Man Loop. First off, it’s not really a loop. You actually take a C-shaped path from Lost Man Reservoir to the upper trailhead four miles up Highway 82. You can either shuttle a car, hitchhike, or (not recommended) walk down the highway back to the reservoir.
Two of my friends from college met up with me on top of the pass a couple weekends ago and we set out ready for snow and adventure. This past winter was monumental. Not only did we have a record snowpack, but also historic-sized avalanches that left massive fields of debris scattered around our valley floors. This has made for an exciting summer season in the alpine. Expecting a chill hike with some beautiful wildflowers? You still got that this summer (the flowers were especially vibrant and plentiful this year), but with a healthy dose of post-holing and climbing over downed trees. I like to think about it as adventure… amplified.