This should be considered a moderate hiking. Easy access and pleasant walk. The view on top is beautiful. Will return again whenever I'm in mood for short hike. I think my dog enjoyed this trail very much. Impressed how clean this trail along the way. Plenty of shades, not recommend under age 6 due to steep hike up to to top.
Nice short, quick, semi-challenging hike. The views at the top are just lovely! I would rate this trail as easy to moderate (more moderate). It is steep but no tricky spots. I wouldn't recommend taking small children. I would say this trail is lightly traveled; I went on a Saturday afternoon around 2 and only saw 4 couples on the trail. Would highly recommend for a short day hike to get your blood flowing and your quads working! :)
This is not a difficult or hard trail, as the AllTrails site notes. There are parts that are a little steep, but they're not sustained and the trail is not exposed or too rocky. We jogged a lot on the way down. I'd consider this one on the same difficulty level as the hike up to St. Mary's Glacier lake, but with slightly steeper segments. We went on a Sunday around 8:30am and the place was vacant, which we appreciated. The view is nice and we enjoyed the shaded trail, but if I had out-of-state visitors who wanted to hike I'd pick St. Mary's Glacier every time since the view is much more spectacular (despite the longer drive, higher altitude, and tendency for crowds).
Not for the outta shape but nice if you take your time. Beautiful scenery and a little hot spring stream. Lots of wild flowers - pretty Columbines. You can pick raspberries end of Summer / beginning of Fall. The view from the top is amazing (climb up the rocks off to the right of the trail). Clear views of Indian Hills (my hood) and Kittredge.
Lynne R. on Independence Mountain Trail at Penc...
Great short workout and close to the city! The views at the top make it worth the strain and sweat. It's uphill for the first mile and then it levels just before you climb the rocks