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Old 05-20-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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Independence Pass Hwy 82, near Aspen

Route decision for early June. Will be departing NORTH from Ridgeway/Dutch Charlie CG (Ridgeway, CO) to Leadville with visit to Aspen.
Route 1: Hwy 550 NORTH & Hwy 50 to Delta, NE on Hwy 92, continuing on Hwy 33 to Carbondale, the S on Hwy 82 with a couple days at White River/Difficult CG and Aspen. Then on to Leadville, over Independence pass (12,000+ feet).
Route 2: Hwy 550 to Montrose, then E on Hwy 50, N on Hwy 285 and Hwy 24 into Leadville. This route requires taking the toad back to Aspen from Leadville for at least a day in Aspen and missing the stay at White River/Difficult CG.
Our 06 Winnebago Journey 32T (300 HP) pulling a Ford Fiesta does fine generally, but it may be a little underpowered for 12,000 feet.
What say you? Thanks in advance.
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You really don't want to do Independence Pass in your moho. There are some sharp curves, steep drops and a narrow road. That's my memory. Maybe someone else will chime in too.
Your Route #2 is good roads.
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Route decision for early June. Will be departing NORTH from Ridgeway/Dutch Charlie CG (Ridgeway, CO) to Leadville with visit to Aspen.
Route 1: Hwy 550 NORTH & Hwy 50 to Delta, NE on Hwy 92, continuing on Hwy 33 to Carbondale, the S on Hwy 82 with a couple days at White River/Difficult CG and Aspen. Then on to Leadville, over Independence pass (12,000+ feet).
Route 2: Hwy 550 to Montrose, then E on Hwy 50, N on Hwy 285 and Hwy 24 into Leadville. This route requires taking the toad back to Aspen from Leadville for at least a day in Aspen and missing the stay at White River/Difficult CG.
Our ’06 Winnebago Journey 32T (300 HP) pulling a Ford Fiesta does fine generally, but it may be a little underpowered for 12,000 feet.
What say you? Thanks in advance.
I haven't been over the pass for several years but, at that time, it was posted and prohibited large vehicles.

We drove a Trans Am and some of the curves and drop-offs scared the heck out of us. No way would I attempt what you are suggesting.

I just got this from CDOT website "Absolutely no vehicles over 35 feet in length (this includes a vehicle and trailer that, together, exceed 35 feet) may use the Pass at any time."
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We did the Pass in a 36 footer years ago before they knocked down some of the rock overhangs and added a small wall on the outside. Scared the heck out of me! the centerline disappeared and we ended up with a single lane for a distance. It opened back up and we came around a curve and met another coach towing a jeep headed down. I believe I might just pass on another trip in the MH. We were not supposed to be on that road then and just got lucky we had no trouble. We had no place to turn around until we got to the top. younger then and obviously not nearly as smart!
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IN 08 I took it west to east with a K2500 and a 28'toyhauler. It was posted as not recommended for long vehicles - there might have been a prohibition on the kingpin to axle length, I can't remember.


As I frequently drive steep mountain roads with no guardrail those aspects did not bother me, but the road was one of the most narrow two-lanes I've ever driven.

There was a forested section where I kept dropping the right side tires off until I finally decided to just go straight up the middle as long as I had clear road ahead. We only passed one car the entire way - a DP and I'm sure we both took a deep breath when we passed.
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Thanks

Thanks again. Decision made. Yes, I've always wanted to see Buena Vista!
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It's really pretty up there and would be a great day trip in the toad.
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