Elephant Back Mountain Trail

EASY 17 reviews
#26 of 169 trails in

Elephant Back Mountain Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

3.7 miles 820 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Very good hike easy to mild moderate climb. Excellent quick hike with easy access.

hiking
24 days ago

A 3.7 mile lollipop loop trail off the Grand Loop Road. Approx. 3/4 mile from the turn off for the Yellowstone Hotel. Parking is tight. 2 pulloffs on either side of the road. The trail is on the North side of the road (away from the lake).
The trail goes for about 1 mile, gradual incline. At the turnoffs, it doesn't matter if you go right or left. Both are equally strenuous. We went right. You start getting a view of the lake & Fishing Bridge. At the top, there's disappointment. A walk through the woods. As you walk back to the other side, the view of Yellowstone Lake opens up to you. Fabulous!
A good trail for older kids. We are middleaged, overweight flatlanders & the incline was a struggle. We took our time & took breaks. No problems.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

6 months ago

Great views of the lake from up on the ridge. Good exercise trail but bears often present in early summer. CARRY BEAR SPRAY!

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely walk through the forest. Very peaceful. Part of the walk is quite steep, but not challenging. Great views of the lake through the trees. There's a lookout point on the loop which is very pleasant. 11 and 9 year old did it no problem.

6 months ago

I was a pleasant walk! Great view

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice view at the top, but little to see on the way up. Nice flowers along the route.

7 months ago

Great trail for a warm up in Yellowstone to get acclimated to the altitude.

hiking
8 months ago

It was relatively a small incline & was easy on the knees.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

The views from this trail are amazing. Even had the privilege of a red fox stopping to pose for us!

hiking
1 year ago

We hit this trail because Mount Washburn was closed (05/19) and were looking for something moderately strenuous. The bottom of the trail winds thru the forest floor, occasionally blocked by downed trees. Once the trail splits into the loop, the elevation gain begins. There are a few switchbacks that were sketchy due to snow still on the trail (8-10 inches in some places), but that keeps you on your toes right? Didn't see much wildlife along the trail, but had the bear spray at the ready anyways. At the top, beautiful panoramic views of Yellowstone Lake, the range to the east and the Lake Yellowstone Hotel.

hiking
2 years ago

Easy, fun, nice view on top. Thick forest at places, did not see any bears but they are there for sure... Stop at the hotel by the lake for a great breakfast buffet!

2 years ago

Quick and easy w a beautiful view

hiking
3 years ago

This is a great hike of moderate difficulty that rises about 850 feet and is about 3.6 miles in length. Bring your bear spray and make noise!

hiking
3 years ago

Excellent quick and easy hike with fantastic views..