Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park

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Pence Park

Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.1 miElevation gain741 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyScramble
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This trail is on the Pence Park map and 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 marked trail 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 evergreen 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. Bikes are NOT allowed on this trail.

There is a large parking area with a port-o-pottie. No water is available. Parking is free. Park is open 1 hour before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset.

Jefferson County Open Space 700 Jefferson County Parkway #100 Golden, CO 80401 Phone 303.271.5925 Trails Hotline 303.271.5975 jeffco.us/parks

Take Parmalee Gulch Road North West from Highway 285 for 3.8 miles. Or from Highway 74 take Meyers Gulch Road south for 4 miles. The trailhead will be on South side of the road.

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Megan Boos
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4/14/21 Light snow covers a large portion of the trail but you don’t need spikes/poles. Trail on a Wednesday was really quiet - there was only one other car when I arrived at 2pm. Beautiful views at the top and not too difficult.

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Heather Krussow
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nice trail! no one out with the cooler weather. minimal snow. no spikes needed

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Leah McCollin
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quick hike close to Denver with beautiful views. Perfect if you have friends or family in town.

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Ryan Zink
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Good conditions. Only minimal ice/snow left from earlier in the season.

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Kevin Kettering
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Nice trail with good views at the top. No longer a need for spikes on 4/10/2021.

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Michael Wade
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Great trail. Need spikes

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Becky DeRenzo
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Nice hike & a great place to crawl with an RC car.

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John Stembel
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Great, short hike, beautiful view, Yaktrax recommended still.

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Nate Evans
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Fun short hike close to Denver with a great view at the top. Bring spikes! Icy and snowy.

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Tia Bohinc
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Short answer sweet. Great workout and view going up. Mud to slush to hard packed snow. Ice when the temps drop. Bring spikes.

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Drew Davis
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Snow/icy, bring spikes

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Corey Steagall
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Paul Ingram
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Great views, but bring spikes or snowshoes

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Nathan Moran
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Snowy slippery

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Anushah Kaisani
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Definitely worthwhile and I'm glad I had microspikes. I'm an amateur so I took breaks here and there. Nonetheless it was much easier than expected.

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Julia Lynch
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Short, moderate trail with nice views. It wasn’t busy at all when we went on Saturday around 1:30. Used spikes most of the trail.

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Bryan Coughlin
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Benjamin Belding
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Amanda Corso
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Pretty slick! Fell once even with poles, but saw lots of folks with neither poles or spikes.

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Mena Mansour
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Used microspikes for most of the trail. Nice views at the top but there are homes all around.

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Cody Hirsch
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Icy trail as it is on the north side mostly. Spikes helped immensely

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jose pacheco
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jose pacheco
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decent trail, microspikes needed. not too hard, did with extra 85 lbs

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Lauren Tiffany
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Rosie Schoeppner
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Beautiful trail- my dog and I loved it! Definitely helpful to have spikes today (3/1). Cheers!

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Brendan McMullan
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Catherine Liggett
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Little slick today - could use spikes but not totally necessary. Nice short hike with decent views at the top!

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Chris Lynn
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Should have brought the spikes!

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