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​Independence Pass Summit​ - Continental Divide

Hover cursor over segment slices (below) for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.


  • Distance:                                          15.8m

  • Beginning elevation:                      8,118'

  • Ending elevation:                            12,102'

  • Elevation gained:                            3,986'

  • Average Grade:                               4.9

  • Fiets Index:                                       8.49
  • Location:  Climb begins 4 miles south of Aspen on Hwy 82 (39.14887, -106.78151 latitude/longitude), 160 miles southwest of Denver.

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Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.

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Thanks to Matt Dupree, Denver, CO and Ron Hawks, Las Vegas, NV for their photo contributions.

Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Independence Pass RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-  segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) elevation  gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

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Independence Pass (Hwy 82)