The spectacular drive along Independence Pass is a high-country classic. Grand scenery, mining town sites, and the 12,095-foot pass itself are popular objectives. Between Aspen and the pass, a trailhead serving a number of hikes—including the one to Linkins Lake—is situated in a curve at State Road 82, not quite 20 miles east of Aspen. Here Roaring Fork River pelts under the highway on its way to Aspen. Though the climb to beautiful Linkins Lake is steep, it is over quickly. Start through willows by Roaring Fork River and enter the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness Area before ascending the aggressive incline that lands you at the lake in short order. Over 70 wildflower species are showcased along this three-quarter-mile hike. For the best floral collection, head for the south end of treeless Linkins Lake. Wildflower Alert: Climb to see springtime blooming far into summer at this high, picturesque lake.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Skill Level||Strenuous, but short|
|Season||Bloom is late July to late August|
|Top Elevation||12,008 ft|
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