From the Vault: The Long Road Home
“Independence way in good condition,” reported The Aspen Times on June 24, 1960. “The Independence Pass road, which was opened two weeks ago, is in good condition, travelers who used it recently reported. Except for a 25-yard portion on the eastern approach, the road is clear and hard. At this point, water from melting snow has made the highway muddy and vehicles coming from both directions must follow one set of shallow ruts. Snow pack at and near the top of the pass is good and ski tracks made recently can be seen on several slopes.” The photograph above shows travelers inspecting the snowbanks on Independence Pass in the 1960s.
This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at aspenhistory.org.
On a recent September Saturday morning, I awoke with an intense yearning to lose myself in the mountains, disconnect from cell service, and rediscover why I decided to call Aspen home in the first place. Standing there, at the Cathedral Lake trailhead, I knew I was right where I needed to be.