Island Lake via Pole Creek, Seneca Lake, and Indian Pass

MODERATE 27 reviews
#4 of 49 trails in

Island Lake via Pole Creek, Seneca Lake, and Indian Pass is a 22.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pinedale, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 22.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,530 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Start at the Eklhart park Trailing on the Pole Creek Trail. After 5.3 miles take the Seneca Lake trail to the left for another 3.5 Miles passing Hobbs, Senenca Lake and Little Seneca Lake. The Little Seneca Lake trail take the Indian Pass Trail 1.7 miles to Island Lake

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike with my wife 8/11 - 8/13. Mosquitos are almost done for the season - temps got below freezing morning of 8/13 and we saw almost none on our hike back. As a previous person mentioned, there is a 200ft clearance requirement from trail and any water source. You will encounter rangers every day and they will nail you if you're not within regulation. Most of the established campsites you see from the trail aren't in regulation. Tip: 80 paces is the ruler they use to determine if you're legal. Would also recommend breaking this hike up into multiple days. If you stop at Seneca Lake on day 1, veer RIGHT at the top of the switchbacks and you'll find several good campsites. They are dry, so follow the trail left a tenth of a mile and get water first if you need it. Several of the more minor lakes you pass on the way up have great fishing.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

This is was amazing. I would break down in 2 days, (2 days to get in and 2 days to get back out) if you are a newer hiker or don’t hike frequently. Amazing views. When you get to Island lake be sure to find the water falls, it’s a great site. Love to have all this in my back yard!

Beautiful hike out of Island Lake to Elkhart Trailhead. It really should be broken into two hikes if you’re weighed down with big packs or if you care at all for your feet. Maybe we’re just not as strong as we should be. It should also be noted that the mosquitos are the stuff of nightmares right now, so we skipped lunch and hiked through. Still love this rates though. Titcomb Basin is well worth a few hundred mosquito bites!

Beautiful mountain trail! It is very well maintained. We only did a section due to time constraints, but I plan on returning to finish in the future. We did this in late July and the wild flowers were abundant. The section we did required no scrambling- very different from the Appalachian trail sections we’ve done. The altitude ( around 13,000 plus) can be challenging if you have not taken time to adapt. Also, be prepared for sudden weather changes. Thunderstorms arise quickly and temperatures fluctuate.

This was my second time hiking out to Island Lake from the Pole Creek trail. It was just as beautiful but the mosquitoes were almost too much. You could see hundreds of them flying around your head while you walked. Bring every form of bug repellent and protection you can. We also both agreed that hiking in and staying at one of the earlier, less popular lakes, would have been just fine too. It’s a bit of a trek with big packs but we loved it and would do it again!

hiking
Saturday, September 08, 2018

Personally Island lake is way better than any hike in the wind river area. Its easy, theres a ton to do, and the views are breath taking. I brought a rod and fished part of the day and hooked up with some cutthroats.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Amazing views, moderate hike, Island lake is beautiful especially the inlet which carved a beautiful deep line into the granite almost like a slot canyon.

fishing
Sunday, June 03, 2018

Very crowded with too many stock animals. Great views. Easy trail.

backpacking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Insane views the entire hike. Distance is more like ~12.5 miles one way.

backpacking
Sunday, October 04, 2015

Spent the night near Island Lake as part of a 10 hike High Route backpacking adventure. The area is stunning as usual

backpacking
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Great place to use as a base camp to explore/climb Titcomb Basin, Indian Pass or climb some of the surrounding peaks.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, September 04, 2018

hiking
Saturday, September 01, 2018

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

camping
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Featured Trails