Hike to the top of Independence Rock

Alcova, Wyoming

based on 2 reviews



1.3 miles

Elevation Gain

42 ft

Route Type



Added by Annelise A

Read the names of western settlers as you hike all over this national monument.

Independence Rock is a historic monument that you can climb on! The early western settlers who passed through the Oregon and Mormon Trails carved their names into the rock; this rock was a natural landmark for them because of the way it stands out in the middle of flat Wyoming. 

Drive into the parking lot by the visitor's center, and head through the brick "turnstile" to the trailhead. You'll pass a few benches on the way over to the rock. There's a fence surrounding the rock with a gate that should be easy to open. From here you can choose to hike around the rock or climb to the top!

The north face is the one people usually hike; it's a bit steep, but you can do it without any climbing or scrambling. The south side also has a trail that's fairly easy to climb. You can climb up the west side, but it will require a bit of scrambling.

Once you're on the top, you'll find an entirely new landscape of miniature canyons, crevices, and boulders. 

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Family Friendly
Picnic Area

Hike to the top of Independence Rock Reviews

Not a hard climb by any means, but take some time to read up about the history of the wagon trains and why this was an important trail stop. That will make the carved initials and this beautiful location all the more interesting.

Looking at this rock hill, you would never guess how interesting it would be. Up top there's a little rock canyon maze—not to mention all of the signatures carved into the rock. I decided to climb up the west side, which was challenging, but if you head to the north side it's easy to walk up!

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