Elephant Head Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Elephant Head Trail is a 9.3 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.

9.3 miles 1187 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



trail running


horseback riding




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 hours ago

So many bugs.

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

This was a good hike. Scenery was awesome

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

1 year ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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!

3 years ago

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.