Pole Canyon Trail

Great Basin National Park

Eastern Nevada, Nevada

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Pole Canyon Trail


  • Mother Nature is still at work shaping the landscape.- Pole Canyon Trail
  • One of the views along the trail.- Pole Canyon Trail
  • Indian paintbrush.- Pole Canyon Trail
  • Lupine.- Pole Canyon Trail
  • Queen Anne's Lace.- Pole Canyon Trail
  • A view near the end of the trail.- Pole Canyon Trail
  • A creek follows a large portion of the trail.- Pole Canyon Trail
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Wildflowers. Views. Solitude. Sounds of running water along hike.
No real destination. Not in the main area of the park.
Eastern Nevada, NV
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,600.00 ft (487.68 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,820.00 ft (2,078.74 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


This is a very convenient hike if you're staying at the Grey Cliffs Campground, which is the only campground that accepts reservations in Great Basin National Park. It is a short walk from Loop A of the campsite, though there's a small parking area as well if you drive to this destination. The trail is very clear and easy to follow, though it is a little overgrown with plant life at a couple points. Because this is in a remote section of the park, you will see very few hikers on the trail. 

From the outset, you will walk over a bridge that is above Pole Creek, which you will hike alongside for a large portion of the trail. The sound of flowing water adds a nice ambiance to the trek. A variety of wildflower species can be seen sporadically along the trail during late spring/early summer.

At the end of the trail you can either continue on to Baker Lake Trail and/or Timber Creek Loop Trail, which lead to a backcountry campsite, or turn around and return the way you came. The trail doesn't conclude at a major point of interest such as a lake or summit, but there are plenty of sights to see along the way that make this hike well worth your time and effort.

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