Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park

MODERATE 187 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
777 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.

Great little hike! Trail is well-kept, can be a quick loop or longer hike if you take the Independence Mountain Trail. Great views, lots of shade coverage.

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Up, up, up. It's worth it. Climb the boulders at the end for the view.

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Wasn't bad, about an hour to get up and 30 mins to get down.

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Great views at the top! Good workout on the incline.

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30 days ago

Had a great time on this trail. Took a friend up for the first time and we enjoyed it a lot, especially for photo ops! Not too long, not too short and there weren't too many people on it. Maybe saw 5 other small groups. Lots of nature and wonderful views at the top!