Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is not on the Pence Park map but is easily found behind the trailhead information board. It is a short but steep hike with views of Evergreen to the east and Bear Mountain to the south. From the parking lot pass the information sign and the trail sign for Bear Creek Trail leading across the road. Go up the unmarked trail towards until reaching a small wooden stairway. This is a balloon shaped trail so either taking or passing the stairway will lead you to the same place where the trail continues on up the hill. Thick ever green forests will break occasionally for small grassy areas. Flowers of all shapes and colors bloom along the trail. You will also pass a small spring where wild roses grow and an aspen grove lit up like candles when hit by the early morning sun. The summit will provide panoramic views of Bear Mountain on the left, the City of Evergreen and of course the Rocky Mountains.
I love this hike!!! It's a nice quick (2-2.5 hrs round trip) workout with a beautiful view at the end. My mileage tracker though notes it at just over 3.5 miles so take that in as it were. It also wasn't crowded at all which is a HUGE plus in my book!!
I hiked this trail today with my pup after sleeping in and missing my window for another. It was very, very icy in many stretches - especially recommend light yaktrax for the way down - it is January after all!!
I took the north trail up to the overlook out-and-back trail then the south trail down. The north route was light moderate depending on your level of fitness. The overlook trail was solidly moderate given the ground conditions (note: there's an unmarked frozen mini waterfall!). The south route on the way back was almost completely iced over in spots so if you're hell bent on making this is a loop, go up south to the overlook and then down north. If not go north to the overlook and back down north. I made the trip without poles or trax in my winter merrels, but they would have come in handy at times and icebugs would've been a better choice.
P.s. Please keep this one a secret! I'm only posting to help advise on the winter hiking conditions :)
Great hike. Nice rocky ridge at the end with wonderful views and a fun place to climb around the rocks.
fun hiking with good elevation
Easy access, no snow, great view at the top.
Okay hike. Moderate but short. Decent views from the top. If you are looking for a short stroll outside its not bad and had very few people on it.
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.