Grand Junction: Flume Creek

This 17.2-mile hike strings together two monster canyons with a hardy bushwhack across red-rock backcountry.
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This 17.2-mile hike strings together two monster canyons with a hardy bushwhack across red-rock backcountry.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 26.2

Waypoints

WPT003

Location: 39.1389808654785, -108.785804748535

Impassable alcove ahead. Turn L, scramble up slickrock; roughly follow eastern lip of mesa

WPT001

Location: 39.1556816101074, -108.778930664062

Pollock-Flume trailhead. Head SW along old roadway

WPT005

Location: 39.1185836791992, -108.788230895996

Giant keyhole in canyon wall; fabulous views of side canyon

WPT006

Location: 39.1156005859375, -108.789398193359

Bear SW and head through rolling backcountry to dirt access road

WPT007

Location: 39.0941848754883, -108.812103271484

Dirt road; turn R

WPT008

Location: 39.1373176574707, -108.833183288574

Rattlesnake Arches Trailhead

WPT009

Location: 39.1408004760742, -108.837333679199

Veer R onto Pollock Canyon (Old Ute Indian Trail), continue on Pollack Trail, giant redrock walls ahead

WPT010

Location: 39.1467170715332, -108.821380615234

Trail junction; Continue on Pollock

WPT011

Location: 39.1439323425293, -108.809814453125

Trail fades @ Pollock Creek; head N rejoining trail downstream

WPT012

Location: 39.146598815918, -108.80891418457

Turn R

WPT013

Location: 39.1459159851074, -108.796485900879

Head NE to waypoint 2; return to trailhead

WPT002

Location: 39.1526489257812, -108.784255981445

Turn L @ T, descend 0.2 mi.; turn L into Flume Canyon. Choose your own route along unmarked trails in canyon floor and rim edge

WPT004

Location: 39.130199432373, -108.786308288574

Unmarked trail forks; descend SW back into Flume. Begin bushwhack