Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park

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Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park is a 2.3 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
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
761 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
6 days ago

Wonderful views at the top and several different paths to get there. Right in the middle of a cute little town, too.

hiking
6 days ago

My sister-in-law and I hiked this trail late afternoon and it was great! I’m not in great shape, so it was challenging, but the view was well worth it. If you’re wearing “open” hiking shoes, like Keens or Chacos, be prepared to get some sand and dirt in your kicks. Also, since the trail is sandy, be ready for extra umph to get you up, and extra grip to get you down. I would 100% recommend hiking poles if you’re not fit or only slightly fit. Bring lots of water on a hot day!
We took the north loop up and south loop back.
Even in late August the wildflower foliage was very pretty. Not a boat load of blooms, but still good. In the end, the view from the top is gorgeous.
The hike down was super easy, but because of that rocks/sand don’t forget those good grip shoes.
Again, great hike!

hiking
6 days ago

Definitely not an easy hike but we did pretty well. The views are incredible and we went right as it was about to rain so at the peak of the trail we were surrounded by clouds and fogs rolling in over the mountains. According to our fitness tracker it was about 3.2 miles up one side of the loop, up the full north path, back out and down the other side of the loop.

7 days ago

A challenge going up, but worth the view at the top.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice little workout in a pretty setting without a ton of traffic. Great little saloon on the way back to Denver, too.

19 days ago

Nice little trail close to metro area. Trail is shaded and not too difficult. Wonderful views at top!

hiking
19 days ago

Great quick workout ! Views at the top are superb. Great for out of towners that aren’t used to hiking regularly or at higher elevations.

23 days ago

loved it!

hiking
27 days ago

Arrived at about 10:30am, was a lovely trail. Steep in some places, but it was fine even with a dog. Plenty of shade! Encountered a couple of other hikers.

27 days ago

Great hike. Lots of tree coverage and shade and great views at the top.

1 month ago

Awesome trail! Close to the metro area and nice and shady.

1 month ago

Definitely a great hike. Took the north trail up. There were a few steep parts IMO but not impossible. As others mentioned it's mostly shaded which is great in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Not too many people and especially for a holiday. I recommend taking the North part of the loop up and the south down. Plenty of shade and some pockets of sun. Some of the trek was quite uphill and tough for my little dog but he hopped around the rocks to get there. There is a gorgeous view from the top so definitely coming back. I left about 10:15am and the parking lot was full, so I recommend going a little earlier.

hiking
1 month ago

I've hiked/run this trail a couple times now and it's quickly become one of my favorite after work hikes and places to catch a sunset.

You're mostly in the woods the entire hike until the top, but the view is well worth it. Both times I had the view all to myself.

If you're going to do the loop, I recommend going up the North route and coming down the South as the North is mostly loose dirt and fairly steep.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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!

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
4 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
4 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
4 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

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