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

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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.

Length 22.9 mi Elevation gain 3,530 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers
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Getting There

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

This trailhead offers two large parking areas, corrals, potable water, toilet facilities and a visitor information center. The trailhead is adjacent to the Trails End Campground. Access is provided to the Pole Creek Trail, Seneca Lake Trail, Sweeney Lake Trail and the Pine Creek Canyon Trail (not recommended for stock).

Pinedale Ranger District 29 East Fremont Lake Rd. P.O. Box 220 Pinedale, WY 82941 307-367-4326 Fax: 307-367-5750

This trailhead is located about 1 mile south and high above the upper end of Fremont Lake. To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive to the east side of town and turn northeast onto the Fremont Lake road, passing the Pinedale Ranger District Office. Continue straight on the main road, avoid turning on to the Fremont Lake campground road, passing the National Forest boundary in about 4 miles. The road passes Halfmoon Lake and White Pine Ski Area before arriving at the trailhead, 16 miles from Pinedale.

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Ben Thomas
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Kelli Haddad
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Benjamin Cox
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7/25/20. Day hiked, which took us to our limit. Total was about 25 miles. It’s possible to day hike to island lake if you have a small day pack, move with purpose, and aren’t new to high altitude, as the air is thin up there. We saw 2 runners doing long day hikes as well. We started at 6am and got back to the trailhead at 9pm. The trail itself is very easy but the little climbs up hills and the distance is exhausting. We are not athletes by any stretch, having just gotten into longer alpine hiking this summer, so it will be doable for seasoned hikers. The views at lake Seneca are fabulous A+ and worthwhile just for that, but then the views at island lake are truly next level, on par with Patagonia or other such destinations. The first 4 or 5 miles are through a very beautiful forest, but no lakes or mountains visible. The next 4 or 5 miles are through the basin with a series of nice smaller lakes, but mountains still far away. When you get to Seneca things really start to get insanely beautiful as you get closer to the big mountains. So you have to log some serious miles to get to the A+ views, but they are excellent.

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Teagan Elliott
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Kristy Hosler
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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!

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Sarah Price
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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!

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Rachel Albin
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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.

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Sarah Price
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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!

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Colby Eaton
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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.

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Chris Taylor
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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.

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

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

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

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Emily Steffes
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Jeff Bennett
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Cori Patrick
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Thomas Leisering
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Patrick Callan
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Patrick Callan
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Aaron Bruce
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Scott King
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Steph Anderson
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Scott King
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Tim Jarman
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Ryan Mucha
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Kasey Peart
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Matt McKeon
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Becky McRae
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