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Date Saturday  9/7/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Independence Trail Loop, Uncompahgre Wilderness Area
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Walters
Co-Leader Linda Lawson
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate A
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 1200
Driving Distance 250


Final Exploratory Day 5 hike begins at Wupperman Campground, near Lake City, CO

For more info Contact

John Walters, 303-995-7638


Linda Lawson303/842-7040


This is the final exploratory hike and Day 5 of a five-day trip to hike five wilderness areas in Colorado.

The trip starts as we break camp in Wupperman Campground, drive to Independence TH to hike Independence Trail in Uncompahgre Wilderness Area, then continue home.

Uncompahgre WA has one of the most distinctive skylines in Colorado, with broken summits, lofty ridges and precipice peaks.Ouray, on the west side of Uncompahgre calls itself America's Switzerland.  

Independence Trail (234/244) is a short loop on the east side of Uncompahgre, off hwy 149, just north of Lake City. Going clockwise, the trail runs west up Independence Gulch for about three miles, then forks north about a mile, to turn east for about three miles back to the trailhead. It's situated prefectly for a team heading home to stop and stretch our legs before beginning the long ride to Denver.


This is an exploratory trip.