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Pitkin County road bike rides: Independence Pass, Aspen

Getting there: From Aspen, continue through town by heading east on Main Street. Remaining on CO-82 will quickly take you to Independence Pass.

Trail talk: The pass closes for the winter, typically October to May, so make the most of it during the warmer months.

INDEPENDENCE PASS

Distance: 10 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

The dirt: Get out on this classic road ride early in the season by signing up for Ride for the Pass. The annual ride takes place before the road opens for the season, so you don't have to worry about cars. It begins 5 miles east of Aspen and offers two stopping points: one two miles in, and the second 10 miles in. Learn more at independencepass.org. You can also ride on your own, but watch out for traffic while you climb those 4,000 feet!