Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Evergreen, CO 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.
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.
great easy hike ,lots of shade
Great quick day hike with the dog. Wasn't too difficult, definitely not "hard". A few inclines but overall a great little hike. Close enough to Denver, wasn't the only one but also not a lot of traffic. I went on a Sunday.
Fun little trail. A little challenging but nothing awful. Great place to take out of towners.
Definitely not a HARD trail, more moderate. Plus it has decent views from the 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! :)
Great little hike with nice views at the top.
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).
Beautiful and short little hike, definitely worth the view at the top, just wish it lasted longer!
Short and good on getting the heart pumping.
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.
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
Nice shade, cool trail. Go early, less people.
It was awesome! Very close to Denver and what beautiful trail. Amazing views.
Short, steep, shady. Dirt track gets rocky at the top and you need to scramble a bit to get to the peak. Views are great.
This was a very quick hike for me and would be for those who are experience. It only took me 30 minutes to reach the top. However, do not underestimate the inclines of this hike. You are sure to get a very good leg work out from start to finish. About 1/3rd of the way don’t forget to stop by the display of rock balancing art. When you reach the top, it’s all worth the hike up. You will see scenic views of the mountains, heavens, and some colorful trees. A little ice still on the grounds so just be careful.