Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park

MODERATE 342 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
744 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
21 hours ago

Me and my 4yo daughters have done this hike a few times now, it’s always a pretty and casual walk up the hill. Parking lot gets full quick but the trails are not crowded. I’d rate this below moderate difficulty though.

hiking
2 days ago

Great, quick hike with nice elevation gain and awesome views!

It’s was beautiful trail! Definitely will go again.

hiking
21 days ago

A lot of bang for the buck. Short hike with decent gain and views at the top. Wildflowers in the spring and summer, fall foliage later in the season.

hiking
24 days ago

Took my cat hiking here, and she loved it. A bit more dogs and people than I expected, especially considering it was a weekday morning. Overall, good views and well kept. I’d hike this trail again.

hiking
27 days ago

Another disappointment by the map provided by the app. The map didn't start from where the trailhead was. Also the map was showing me I was going to the wrong way when I was almost to the top. 1.8 mile hike? No, it turned to 2.3 mile hike. The view was pretty. Parking super crowded at 9:30am.

hiking
27 days ago

Few different trails to choose during the hike. Dogs loved it. Still a little muddy and snow on the ground higher you go, but doable for sure. Very few people which was nice. Found huge boulders to sit on and enjoy the view. Will do again!

29 days ago

nice short trail with some pretty surroundings. still some road noise and actually somewhat crowded even though it was a rainy day.

1 month ago

Quick, steep incline hike with my sissy for her Birthday. Absolutely beautiful! Not much foot traffic. Will hike this one again!

1 month ago

Steep and short. I only saw one other hiker so not busy. Great place for family

1 month ago

Fun and scenic escape from Denver. Mellow and never crowded.

2 months ago

Great, quick go-to trail for hiking in the front range! Dogs loved it too!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 4/22. Close to Denver and low foot traffic which makes for a nice option. There is certainly a steep incline at first but it levels out some and is doable for the whole family. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Most of the hike was without wind except the top of the mountain. Wonderful hike! I agree with the previous review, this hike is a gem!

hiking
2 months ago

A gem with a short hike! A short drive from Denver but it felt as if you were deep in the mountains with an amazing 360 view. The steep incline makes it a challenging hike but definitely worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

What a view! What a view! A short little trail up to the top. Up the north side down the south! Once you get on top it’s time to send a Peaker! There’s a great rock spot that gives you a 360 view of the Rocky’s! Oh boy! We sat for about an hour or so a peaked up two cones and a peakerwood! I would forsure come back for the views brah!

Peak level.. 8.3/10

hiking
2 months ago

An easy trail with unnecessary switchbacks rendering it even easier. Short and quick.

2 months ago

Did it last week and it was great! Definitely had to stop for breaks at a few points- took the north trail up and south trail down. Few icy spots- boots were fine, especially w pup to hurry me up. View at the top is amazing with few people. Quick and easy:

hiking
3 months ago

Not horribly strenuous but definitely steep in parts.. Good length. North and south loop meet halfway up the hike. I preferred the N loop because it was more forresty. The second half was a bit muddy, but ice was minimal. Nice variety of trees and terrain. Views were gorgeous- 360degree pretty much- snowy peaks and the city!

hiking
3 months ago

Steep hike so bring an extra pair of lungs if you’re built for speed, not for comfort. Great views with rock formations at top. Great place to hang out in the sun for a bit.

3 months ago

Great interval training, good views and not crowded

hiking
3 months ago

A quick steep climb. A good walk in the woods.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep climb with nice views from the top. Make sure when at the top go to all sides to get a 360 view.

hiking
4 months ago

when you first walk up you can choose north or south. I chose north and boy was it strenuous and basically straight up. once I got to the top of that there is an option to go back down south route or straight up. I went straight up.. it was pretty hard but well worth it. the views at the very top are so rewarding. perfect spot for a picnic! not a good trail for beginners due to the incline and occasional ice patches

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months 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!

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