Pollock Bench is a hiking and horse trail in Mesa County, Colorado. It is within McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 4,493 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,317 feet. The Pollock Bench Trailhead parking is near the trailhead.
Pollock Bench Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Devils Canyon and Pollock Bench trail system is an intricate network of trails that explore the yawning mouths of both Devils and Pollock Canyons in the front country of the 123,000-acre McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, this roadless area is shared with horseback riders."
--Bill Haggerty, Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Junction and Fruita (Falcon Guides).
"When people think of Colorado, the state’s magnificent mountain ranges traditionally take all the credit. And deservedly so—Colorado owns the highest average elevation in the country, and its alpine acreage is nothing short of magical. Ah, but secret treasures in out-of-the-way locales are testament to just how diverse this beautiful state truly is.
Far to the west are magnificent painted canyons, vast mesas, and deep winding gorges offering a playground to desert lovers. The Pollock Bench Loop in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness follows a long, curving cliff face, moves through dense junipers and piñon, and offers terrific views of the “forgotten” canyons in western Colorado."
--Steve Johnson & David Weinstein, Best Loop Hikes Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
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