Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park

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Pence Park

Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park is a 2.3 mile heavily 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: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 761 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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scramble

Note: Bikes are NOT allowed on this trail. 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.

Very busy, and unfulfilling. Reach the summit just to see higher houses on higher peaks. If you're short of time, or a runner this would be a good one for you, but doesn't offer much in what I like in a hike.

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rocky
5 days ago

Great trail! I went after lunch and didn’t think it was very crowded at all. As others have said, there are definitely steep sections but the views at the top are totally worth the workout. It was also shaded most of the way which was nice with the heat.

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5 days ago

Great hike, short and steep. Trail is well marked and pretty well maintained. Rocky in spots but not bad. Good hike for a warm summer day with lots of trees.

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8 days ago

Great, short hike! Some steep areas, but very doable. Lots of shade. Pretty views!

9 days ago

This was a really great hike! It was extremely crowded, but I also went on Memorial Day... so, that's on me, I think. As others have noted, there were some steep bits. However, those parts were certainly nothing steeper than your average staircase. We saw little kids and small dogs powering through with no problem. The views at the top are spectacular! Just off the path, there are interesting boulder formations all over the place. It's a fun place to climb around or just sit and enjoy the scenery.

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10 days ago

Fun hike, great view

Great hike. Great workout. Steep climbs to the top and great views once you get there.

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rocky
10 days ago

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rocky
11 days ago

Great view, pretty easy hike. Some parts are steeper than I'd wish, maybe be hard for smaller dogs. Bring shoes with good traction!

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rocky
scramble
12 days ago

this hike was super epic. steep going up as well as coming down, but i was able to complete it in used gym shoes without much issue. the views at the top are absolutely gorgeous. you’ll have to scramble a bit to enjoy them, but it’s well worth it. easily 5/5 based on the views at the top. showed up around 130 on a beautiful saturday in may, and it wasn’t too crowded. i’ll for sure be back for this one!

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rocky
12 days ago

Great trail, did it with my 2 yr old . Bit steep but its very doable.

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rocky
12 days ago

Short, steep, perfect for after work sunset

12 days ago

This was a really fun little trail. Definitely wish I had followed the advice of wearing more substantial hiking shoes as I did slid onto my butt a couple times on the way down I went early this morning and managed to largely avoid the growing Saturday/Memorial Day weekend crowds. I was wishing it had been a longer hike, so next time I'll just go early on a weekday so I can spend some time exploring the other trails in the area.

Nice easy hike for beginners. Careful though- there are a few parts that are a little steep and sandy making it easy to slip on the way down. Light hiking boots recommended. Beautiful view of Mount Falcon and Denver, as well as the mountains.

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12 days ago

Great little hike. Steady incline the whole time. Big Bang for your buck - great views at the top. Went this morning (Friday) and at 9:30am Parking was 3/4 full, and saw about 8 different groups the whole hike. Lots of quarantine puppies along the way!! Yay! Pit toilet at the bottom.

A bit slippery coming down, would bring mild hiking shoes next time. A good quick challenge!

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13 days ago

Awesome trail- did this today. Steep and awesome workout at the beginning, great pay off when you reach the top- gorgeous views. Dry the whole way- no mud or snow. Arrived at 7:45 on a Thursday morning and saw about 2 or 3 other people on the trail.

Steep trail but not too long. Views were beautiful! I think a few of the peaks you see include mt Evans and James peak as well as a view of Denver.

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15 days ago

Overall a good, short hike close to the city! Fairly steep throughout, especially heading up the north loop. Good tree coverage. Great lookout from the top. Went on Saturday and found parking at 10:30am, trail was fairly busy.

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15 days ago

Not a super long trail, but it is fairly steep most of the way. A few short breaks on the way up and most people could do this. The top is amazing with lots of room to sit and relax for a bit. Could have spent all day up there. Pretty quiet at 9am on a Wednesday. Will absolutely be doing this one again.

Parking was open when we got there around 9am on a weekday. Like others have said it’s short, but a pretty steep climb and a little slick when trying to come down. The views at the top are some of the best I’ve seen this close to Denver. Definitely will be back!

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16 days ago

really good hike with promising views at the top!

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17 days ago

Great hike! Mostly shaded for the whole hike. All incline, but still a good hike.

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17 days ago

Great hike! Short but very steep in some places. The view from the top makes it worth it!

18 days ago

Decent but short.

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rocky
18 days ago

Highly recommend for great views and shade. We went on a Sunday and although the parking lot was full, it didn't feel as crowded as some of the other area trails. There are spots to move over to let folks pass on the trail (we went with our 4 year old).

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18 days ago

good short hike with great views at the end. Parking lot fills up fast. Port-a-potty is disgusting.

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19 days ago

Great hike! Steep and pretty quick round trip. Awesome views from the top

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