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Lexington Arch Trail is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Baker, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,430 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Cave

Views

Wild flowers

Washed out

No shade

Waypoints (3)
  • 1

    Two trailmarkers.

    Stay right

    38.84398, -114.18856

  • 2

    Bench

    38.84394, -114.20565

  • 3

    Old trailhead

    38.84310, -114.19090

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (25)
Photos (21)
Recordings (20)
Completed (33)
Graham Bany
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Hiking

This is an incredible trail. The arch is worth the time to trek up to. Be smarter than me and start as early as you can. My arrogant youth had me thinking it would be fine to start later in the day. Take plenty of water. 2L was not enough for me. There is little to no shade on the entire trail. If the wind is blowing, you’ll have god sand in your face before you hit the switchbacks. On the switchbacks, you’ll find a few shady places you can sit and rest for some time. For me, the extra bit of trail to get to the arch was not worth the extra effort. The view from the bench is perfect.

JoAnne Neish
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HikingNo shadeRocky

First of all, thank you to the all trails review by Chad Welch of a few weeks ago. His description and directions were spot on. We had to park at the second Y because I have a Honda Civic and it would not have fared well on the road any further. That added an extra 1.5-2 miles to our hike but it was worth it! We didn’t go all the way to the arch because I had a hard time with fatigue and altitude (after having hiked to the glacier - whaaaat?), but the bench view of the arch was totally amazing. Met some great people at the top, too. Worth doing. Maybe next time- the arch! Also, if you want to record your hike, load it up before you get to the trailhead as there was no signal there. There was a bit of a signal at the top so I was only able to record the downhill part.

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Chad Welch
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Hiking

The original trailhead was part of a fire and subsequent flood, so park about a mile before just before the trailhead and start in. Take lots of water and start early. We left around 10:00AM and it was almost unbearably got by the time we were done. There isn't much shade because of the fire. The views leading up to and at the arch were spectacular! It was definitely worth the effort to continue past the bench to sit inside the arch.

Richard Glod
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HikingGreat!No shade

Really enjoyable hike to see one of the largest Arches in the western United States. The info on the NPS website is misleading. We thought the hike was going to be close to 9 miles due to the washout of the dirt road mentioned on their website. However, my GPS watch came in at 5.8 miles. This was a nice surprise as it allowed us to do more hiking later in the day! Directions: Go towards the park and the town of Baker, continue south towards Garrison. Keep going south on Route 21 past Garrison. You will see Prusse Lake and a big sign will direct you to turn right for the Lexington Arch. The dirt road is in good shape. You will drive about 11 miles. You will come to a Y in the road and you'll see a sign to keep left for Lexington Arch. When you get near 10 miles the road will get a little rougher but still isn't too bad. Near 11 miles you will come to another Y in the road, this time there is no sign which way to go. This is where you should park, there is actually a little clearing where a few cars can park off the road. I wish the park would put a sign up to park here and maybe clear a little more of the area for parking. After parking at the Y, start hiking left. You will immediately see no one in there right mind would drive any further. The trail mixes with a dry creek that seems to have flooded at some point in the past. Keep hiking near the trail/creek. The trail crosses the creek a few times but stays near it so find your way is not too difficult. After 1 mile you will see what looks like an official trailhead sign. However, the trailhead sign is blank, maybe it got damaged in the flood. You'll see the trail change from the rocks to easy to walk on dirt. The trail is very relaxing and peaceful. We only saw one other couple that was adventures like ourselves. You will see some cows along the way but they are docile. At the end of the trail you will come to a bench that looks up and across a small valley at the Arch, It is beautiful. Continue on the trail to the left to hike up to the Arch. You can get some really awesome pictures under the Arch. Absolutely loved this hike. Like I said earlier, the NPS website is misleading. We thought the hike would be longer due to the washout. It was only 5.8 miles so the trail must have been 3.8 miles before the washout, because you only need to hike 1 mile each way on the washout. TIP: Park at the second Y you come to in the road, and then hike left. Hike early, there is little shade. Enjoy and you'll probably be the only ones on the trail!

Roy Cruz
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Such a nice little hike up to the arch. Gradual switchbacks up the mountainside. Very exposed as the area has been hit by a wildfire sometime ago. Don't recommend doing it mid day like we did. Haha. We loved that we didn't see a single soul the entire hike up and back. A true hidden gem for those that love visiting national parks and missing all the crowds.

Jeffrey Leathem
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Hiking

The road out to Lexington Arch is clearly labeled with signage south of Garrison. This dirt road is fine and pretty smooth UNTIL you hit the washout about 1.5 miles from the trailhead—you’ll want to make sure you have a vehicle that can handle it. At about 1 mile out, the road becomes impossible unless you have a short wheel-base high clearance vehicle, and only then should you proceed at your own risk. This area of the road is bad—REALLY BAD—river rocks, severe ruts. You’ll run out of road with 1/2 mile to go and be forced to continue on foot along the washed out creek bed. Once you get to the actual trail, it switchbacks up a mountain slope along a seldom traveled, narrow trail through a fair amount of wildflowers, especially as you gain elevation. The arch itself is spectacular both from the bench viewing area and from underneath once you finish the path behind the arch that climbs up under it. We debated doing this hike based on some consistent discouragement from the rangers but I am very happy we did it anyway. Well worth the extra mile or so hike to the trailhead.

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Justin Luthey
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Hiking

Note that the map is incorrect when it comes to the road and the actual trailhead. The last .25 miles or so are a washed out river that is impassible, even in my 4x4 Jeep. This will add .5 or more to the hike. Most of the road leading up with be very possible with a 2wd but not the last part. The trail itself had some great views but was essentially just a bunch of switchbacks. We did it in the evening and the heat was not a factor but early in the day I’d imagine it being quite exposed. Overall, the arch was a great sight and we only saw one other human the whole time. The top has a nice bench to sit and take it all in.

Rob Pink
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Hiking

The National Park features this arch but yet it has very poor accessibility. After about 11 miles of dirt road you hit the washed out remains of a road. Even with 4WD we had to park and walk 1 mile up the wash to the trail head. The area has recently been burned out so you are exposed on trail. A moderate switch back trail, nice wildflowers, zero people! There are many other nice hikes in GB; if time is limited, do something else.

Jeff Gifford
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Our Favorite Hike in Great basin NP. We didn't see another soul the whole time we were there, loved the peace & quite, some nice wild flowers on the way up, (We were there in 2012) Sadly I have heard the road there was washed out, & has not been fixed, better check on road status first

Nathan Cashion
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Hiking
First to Review

Requires an 11 mile drive along rough dirt road to get to trailhead (rangers suggest high clearance vehicle). Fun to get to, fun to hike. The 6-story arch is impressive. Trail is just over a mile to the first overlook. May turn around here if you don't want to get right under the arch.

Carrie Oates
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ed b.
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Emily Dyer
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Shawn Haroldson
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John Windrup
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Malinda R.
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Barbara Hoyt
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Justin Luthey
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Parker Anderson
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Jessica Davis
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Kody Prisbrey
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Golden Bear Honycutt
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Deb Sondak
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Jorden Goodrich
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Jason Kingan
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