Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park

MODERATE 138 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.

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This trail is not on the trailhead map! There is, however, a sign right behind the trail map marking the trailhead. Also worth noting, is that there is a north loop and a south loop. We took the south loop up to the very top and then took the north loop back on the way down and recommend you do the same route. Note that the loops only go about halfway where they meet. Lots of rock formations, especially at the top. Light scramble at the top for great views.

12 days ago

Fairly easy trail with beautiful views at the top!

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17 days ago

Awesome hike, wasn't too short and wasn't too long. Awesome scenery at the end and overall good hike. If you would like to see the hike check out my video I made. It will go live May 9th, 2017 @ 11:00AM.
https://youtu.be/OOge3eqqAro

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Went yesterday 4/24 saw about 15 other ppl on the trail. No snow/ice and shady for most of the time. I dont know why it's rated as intermediate as it's very easy but steep in small sections. The view is fantastic! We measured the trail around 1.35 miles and took visitors. They were out of breath but lots of stops and water did the trick!