Elephant Head Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Elephant Head Trail is a 9.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Syracuse, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

9.2 miles
1,000 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding


trail running





wild flowers




no shade

Elephant Head is a trail located on Antelope Island State Park in Syracuse, Utah. The trails are full of nature- wildflowers, bison, deer, pronghorn sheep, bighorn sheep, waterfowl and other smaller animals. The trails are rocky and in the sun year round with little area for shade. Dress according to weather predictions and bring lots of water. Minimum 2 liters per person in the summer. In the winter the area is great for snowshoeing.

12 days ago

Did this hike yesterday with a few friends. There is some snow on the trail, but nothing to be scared of or need special equipment for. once we got on the ridge though, the wind really picked up, so I highly recommend some additional warmth and wind layers, especially if the sun isn't out We did get to see a few Buffalo and a few horses (with riders) on the trail. Overall, a pleasant day!

3 months ago

Hit the Elephant Head spur after doing the Split Rock loop. It’s a short additional distance and has outstanding views of the GSL. Definitely recommend.

3 months ago

Pretty moderate 9ish mile hike with great views at the top. We saw a few bison roaming and they were closer than I expected. The terrain is pretty flat for the majority of the miles and we made great time, about an hour and 50 mins up and an hour 40 mins down. Had 2L of water but didn’t need that much since it’s the second week of November. It was COLD make sure to bring gloves, hats, etc because it’s windy up top too. We only saw three other hikers the whole time but we saw around ten people horseback riding the trails. It costs $10/car to drive onto the island and they will take cash or cards. Highly recommend this trail! I’ll definitely be going back.

4 months ago

Great hike but long. I did it in October, starting temperature was 40-ish and high of 55. Cool temps knocked down the bugs, so do this hike when it's cool. For water, I used a Camelback with 3 liters, it was a liter more than I needed. Great views!

11 months ago

All but the last 1.4 miles are a dirt road, otherwise it would get 5 stars. Nice hike that is a bit less traveled especially that last 1.4 miles. The signage for the trail system is really good too!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Great view...

Monday, October 23, 2017

Great hike with a great view, perfect for early morning or late evening. Long trail but worth it

trail running
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Part of Buffalo run...good views and nice put and back

Saturday, April 22, 2017

So many bugs.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Could have used snowshoes in places. Well signposted thanks to new signs. Saw 2 coyotes and at least 5 bison.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This was a good hike. Scenery was awesome

Sunday, September 11, 2016

This trail is flat for a while and then becomes uphill and somewhat steep for a short while and then flattens out again. There is a great view and lookout point. There's basically no shade so bring sunblock, a hat and a lot of water. I would rate this as a moderate hike.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

really long trailhead
take plenty of water if its warm
water rations were placed near the end
*exposed to the sun the entire time*
beautiful views
nearby peak has experienced a recent wildfire that partially burnt this trail

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Three stars because it was so long from the trail head to the actual elephant rock trail. The scenery along the way was ok, we saw a few bison and a bunny, but other than that it was pretty desolate. The elephant rock overlook was well-worth it though! It was an easy but long hike.

Friday, December 26, 2014

This is one I would recommend a bike. It is a long flat hike up to the ridge. Once on the ridge line it is a nice hike out to Elephant Rock.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Who knew this island had so many great trails - and this is one if them. We went earlier this year in the spring so the bugs weren't bad - better to dress a little warmer and not have to worry about those pesky bitting gnats. Beautiful hike!

Monday, August 12, 2013

My wife and I originally planned to hike the White Rock Loop trail but, after hiking to the bench at about 2.6 miles into the loop, we decided to try Elephant Rock Trail. We were not disappointed. Elephant Rock Trail branches off westerly of White Rock Loop before the loop turns east (i.e. the bench at the fork in the trail). The trail promises beautiful landscapes and vistas as well as wildlife and flora. We managed this hike in August in 90 degree temperatures with N/NE wind at 10 mph. During the summer months bring lots of water and take breaks every hour or so, bring head cover as the sun shines on the trail all day and there are little areas of shade to break in. Best months are late April and early May and September and early October. Dress according to weather predictions but remember, its an island, the weather can change quickly. In the winter months this is a great place for snowshoeing and possibly cross-country skiing. Trail running would also be quite good here.
The trail is rocky for the most part with only about 600 to 700 feet of elevation along its 9 mile course from White Rock Loop trail head to Elephant Rock.
It is also possible to hike off trail to the peak of Elephant Rock. Look for easy routes up around the westernmost trail around Elephant Rock. Rocks are loose and sharp slate so use extreme caution- a fall could prove troublesome or even deadly. The only cellular connection was atop Elephant Rock (off trail) and it was 4G only- had full bars but could not make a phone call- all information exchanged was internet based, i.e. Facebook.

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