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P1 - Pollock Bench Trail

Intermediate

Trail

5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 860' 262 m
Descent: -417' -127 m
High: 5,253' 1,601 m
Low: 4,564' 1,391 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Andrew Walters

A fine example of desert singletrack that doesn't waste any time getting to the scenic sections.

Andrew Walters

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From the parking lot, follow signage for the P1 Pollock Bench Trail as it winds uphill. Around 1.6 miles from the parking lot you'll reach a junction. The trail is great in either direction, but the downhill is most enjoyable when the trail is right along the canyon's rim. So, head left at the junction and at the top of the next climb you'll reach a junction with the Flume Canyon Trail network.

Stay right to reach the spectacular section along the edge of the canyon's rim. After a couple of miles on the edge you'll reach a junction heading uphill to the right for horses, stay to the left along the canyon edge until you reach the next junction which should have signs showing the Rattlesnake Canyon Arches Trail - R1 heading off to the left.

Go right to stay on the P1 - Pollock Bench Trail. After the short steep climb out, stay left at the next junction to avoid the horse cut-off that goes back to the rim, and then enjoy the smooth trail as it winds across the mesa top through grasses and cacti. Back at the first junction of the day stay left to head back to the parking lot. A classic desert loop!

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Oct 12, 2018
Jen Norvell
Beautiful hike! Amazing views the entire way. Would be tough in the summer heat, as its all exposed, but in fall, it was perfect! 7.1mi — 3h 20m
Mar 31, 2018
Zackary O'Dell
Jan 17, 2018
Aerhyn
6.5mi
Mar 19, 2017
matt maddex
Aug 14, 2016
Sara Shaver
Walked at sunset. As a beginning hiker it was a bit strenuous, but one of the most spectacular hikes in Fruita and totally worth the effort.

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This is a great trail running around the rim of the canyon.
Oct 29, 2016 near Loma, CO

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