Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park

MODERATE 259 reviews
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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 and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
708 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
2 days ago

Short but great hike. Nice incline and beautiful view at the top.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful trail— quick with challenging bits and plenty of nice stopping points.

hiking
16 days ago

Easy trail and easy to find. There were a couple steep parts but not too bad. Beautiful lookout at the top!

hiking
24 days ago

This is a great trail, one of my favs for several reasons: the view is beautiful for not being too from Denver area, the trail has some diversity with pine trees and then aspens near the top. It’s a shorter trail with a decent elevation gain for the time it takes. I’m newish to hiking and this is a was perfect, difficult at times with elevation and then it levels out and seems to do that throughout the trail.

27 days ago

It's an excellent getaway from city. The trail is situated along several ridges which makes it optimal for interval style hiking and spectacular vistas.. From the meadows, to castle ridge, to tower trail, I will definitely be coming back for more adventures!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome quick hike for a great view. Bring lunch or a snack and hang out at the top (although it is windy). I went on Thanksgiving and it was fantastic. Very easy!

hiking
1 month ago

Like others said, don't let the distance fool you. Starts off relatively easy going then kicks the elevation gain into gear about midway through. There were some clouds rolling in when we got to the top so the view wasn't as spectacular for us. But we got a taste of it and will surely be back on a clear day!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Good tree coverage, well maintained trail, and a great view at the top! My Garmin tracked us at 2.3 miles. I did a loop going up the north side and down the south. South side is the shorter side if you want to keep it less than 2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Like others said, don't let the short distance keep you away from this hike. It's great cardio on the way up, the views are gorgeous and the way down keeps your focus because of the steepness. Was glad I had hiking shoes as I think my tennis shoes would not have cut it for the way down. You need some grip. Did this in late November and trail was completely dry due to our unseasonable weather (which I am loving). At the beginning of the trail don't panic when you only see north and south loop trail options. Take either and they both lead to the trail up. I took the south loop on the way up and opted for the north loop on the way down. Scramble on the rocks to the top was challenging for those who don't do it routinely but safe and doable. Never felt uncomfortable. Loved the views and sat for a while before returning down. Will definitely do this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick steep hike to burn off the Thanksgiving feast. Well marked trail now on the area map. Warm dry fall so no snow or mud on the trail now.

hiking
2 months ago

Don't let the fact it's only two miles round trip fool you, this is definitely a moderate hike. Most of the elevation gain is all at the middle portion of the hike, and is a serious knee-burner. The view at the top of Evans and Denver is worth it though, and if you ever happen to be in the Indian Hills area it's definitely recommended.

2 months ago

Loved to see the clouds filter through the trees! Cold but nice hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Good for hiking, super incline.

2 months ago

Nice little cardio workout with nice views at the top for the reward.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike. If you want a good workout (all vertical) but not more then 2 mikes this is it. Gorgeous trees, rocks and beautiful wild trail. The view at the top is fabulous. There's not that many people and it was so peaceful and beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

We brought some friends here that were visiting from Michigan and it was a short and rewarding hike for all of us! It’s not too far from Denver, and has awesome views from the top. Relatively easy but still makes you work a little for the view of the mountains! Definitely recommended, especially when you don’t have enough time to hike for a full day.

3 months ago

Needed a quick nature fix this morning & this trail was perfect! Tracked in at a little over 2 miles, nice incline, fall foliage, great views at the top & solitude if you start early.

4 months ago

A little steep and quick but not too busy and good views from the top

4 months ago

Loved it

walking
5 months ago

Difficulty - moderate due to steepness both ways
Activity - walking with dogs and families (too steep for toddlers unless you can carry them part way)
Traffic- light
Views- awesome view at the top! Totally worth it
Flowers- a few
Wildlife - insects and at the top chipmunks

Very gravelly / sandy so almost slipped a few times. Hard on knees on the way down. Lots of shade and places to take a break. No restrooms at all. no trashcans (except trailhead)

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