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Elephant Mountain Loop is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 1,335 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No shade Fee
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There is a $3 per person fee at the trailhead.

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Reviews (411)
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Shawna Spring
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Hiking

I clocked about 6.77 miles and the EG was around 1299k. Fantastic loop with multiple small inclines throughout. If you go CCW you will get more AEG not a lot of shade.

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Jason Shinn
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CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! Due to COVID.

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Bryce Bowen
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HikingNo shadeRocky

If you’re looking for a typical hike in the desert, this is it. While it’s not the hardest, the heat makes you think twice and you’re 100% exposed the entire time.

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Logan Whitfill
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Very lightly trafficked, this would’ve been a fun time if I wasn’t hungover but that’s my own fault. I definitely recommend doing the summit, it makes the hike worth it. For the most part the path is easy to follow, but i had my map downloaded just in case. Bring lots of water and start early. I would say the only reason this is considered hard is because of the distance. The elevation gain is spread out so it doesn’t feel horrible.

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Jomar Reschreiter
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Hiking

Amazing trail with great elevation range. Saw two deer and you saguaros were so diverse and in bloom. Spectacular!

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Amy .Workin My Way Back
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Hiked it, forgot to record it :( I record every hike. waaaaaa! $3 cash only. NO CC. Went CCW. I always like uphill first. Pretty trail but Too grown in for my liking in rattlesnake season. Couldn’t really enjoy as I was so worried about snakes. Did see one but I think it was a Gardner snake or the like. No rattle. So in my book not going here in summer again. Would be a great winter hike! Can’t wait to do it again. Really pretty though. Mostly well marked (esp cairns in riverbed) but a couple spots I was pulling out AllTrails. Got into some step chutes toward the top. After that it was a descent on loose slippery rocks but that was ok. Then it was flat forrrrrrrrrr ever. Felt like it anyway. So boring, the never ending trail (and I like long trails). Next time I will stop at the top and go back the way I came. That would be a fantastic time. Then of course a river of cool water to soak my feet in at almost the end.

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Lil Red
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HikingBugsRocky

Cool views from the top and a nest of some type of bird of prey near the top. Was fun to watch them diving in and out the the mountainside.

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Janeth Jc
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FeeNo shadeRocky

I would consider this trail moderate ...nice loop saw hand full of deers it was awesome! very easy trail to follow well kept only saw 3 people on this trail Sunday morning ....

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Bren Purdy
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HikingFeeRocky

Did this today, went CCW, that way we did the steep climbing before too much sun. When you are in the wash there are no clear marked signs, but rocks ( cairns ) have been laid to push you into trails to keep you on the right path. It’s a very rocky climb with a lot of vertical, hiking boots are highly recommended!!! As a dog owner I definitely would not bring a dog, besides all of the sharp rocks, this time of year fox tails saturate the trails. Scenery is stunning as spring flowers are blooming, remember to stop and take it all in.

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Allyson Hinz
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Kelly A
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The hike was a beautiful. The first three miles are pretty difficult and then it's downhill and smooth sailing from there. The trails are well marked so there's really no chance at getting lost. After about the first mile you really don't have much foot traffic until the last mile.

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Adriann Shivers
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Beautiful loop! Did the trail CCW & would do that route again, a nice steep climb. The wash areas can get a little confusing, just look for the cairns and you’ll be fine! Really awesome views in every direction. Didn’t find the trail very difficult - but it is rocky!

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Sammy Hernandez
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good hike! also need to remember to bring $3.00 cash no card as it’s a mountain preserve

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Peter Kim
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trail

Decent moderate trail near Spur Cross that has both flat and hilly terrain with a couple of stream crossings. If you're in good shape, this is a fairly easy hike with the difficult moments being on the hills where the trail turns into a single dirt lane with a steep drop-off. Great way to spend a weekend morning with beautiful views of the desert landscape throughout the trail; it was cloudy overcast when we went with a slight breeze and it was absolutely gorgeous.

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Cheryl Ter Haar
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Hiking

Great trail! Tortuga and Elephant have great climbing. Wildflowers are amazing right now. They are limiting numbers go early!

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Mike Garrett
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This is a wonderful hike. For almost all of it, you are lost in the desert in a world of your own. In the spring time, it is especially beautiful. It is also difficult, with significant elevation gain. I would recommend doing this trail counterclockwise to get most of the elevation done going uphill then on the second half of the hike the downhill is more gradual. If you do it clockwise, you will find yourself going downhill in some slippery sections and there is always the danger of a fall.

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Tina Crane
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Love this area! The loop had great elevation gain, beautiful views, water, very few humans & tons of flowers! We did a few viewpoint side trails so our hike was 8+ miles! Very worth the drive to Spur Cross!!! Excellent day!

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