Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pole Creek Sink

Overview: Relatively easy hike through the lush Uinta Mountains leading to a natural drainage sink and an old mine!

  • Trail Head: Take HWY 40 east to Roosevelt Main Street. Half way through Roosevelt, take a Left on 200 N (State Road 121). Follow SR 121 through Neola to Elk Horn Loop Turn off at the mouth of Uinta Canyon (approximately 22 miles). Follow Elk Horn Loop Road for about 3.75 miles to a turn off to the right. Follow this down an embankment to a second fork. This is the trailhead (you could drive further in if you want a shorter hike).
    • Coordinates: 40˚36'53.83"N 110˚05'15.50"W
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Trail Condition: Open mountain road that crosses a stream a couple times.
  • Season: Late spring through autumn,

Detailed Description: Pole Creek Sink is a great out of the way easy hike that has little elevation gain. The Trailhead starts out at a fork in the road with a small stand of quaking aspen and a meadow with some sagebrush. The south fork will lead to Pole Creek Cave and on to Harmston Canyon; to get to the Sinks, take the north fork. The trail will go through the meadow towards the mouth of the small canyon which holds the Sink. Once inside the canyon, tall trees will encompass you cooling down the air. You will cross the stream one or two times on the hike and you should be able to hop or jump over it, however, if you are going earlier in the season, you will get your feet wet. As you get deeper into the canyon, you will notice that the trail will climb in elevation a little with most of it going up over the lip of the sink. Up on top of the lip you will see the sink below you. The tumbling creek will follow down into the sink and disappear into the rocks at the base of the cliff straight ahead. Around this bowl you will find mountain bluebells and if you time it just right you will have a good harvest of wild raspberries (Usually around the first part of August). If you happen to come in early spring, chances are that there will be enough water to form a small whirlpool at the base of the cliff.

Additional Info: This land is actually a part of a mining claim and you will see a large mine shaft opening going into the cliff. This is not a deep mine and only goes down about a hundred yards or so. An interesting fact is that a few decades ago when this was being mined, a minor was killed in a blast here. As the story goes, a greedy partner shortened the fuse of the person who was setting the dynamite.


Pole Creek Hike Map

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  1. I haven't been up there in ages. I did go up to the cave a couple of years back, but not any higher for many years. It is pretty cool though.

  2. I went there about a year ago. just in time for the wild raspberries. Yum.

  3. One of my favorite places in the basin. Though I have not been there in years.

  4. Has anyone been up there since the fire? I'm just wondering if it's been changed that much? You know, maybe I'll just take a drive up there tomorrow.

  5. From what I see, the fire stayed up on top of the mountain. IF you do go up there, take some pictures of the Sink and the Cave and I will post them on Utahhikinginfo.com and give you the credit for risking your life to get the shots :).