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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.

Length 9.2 mi Elevation gain 1,000 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Snowshoeing Running Beach Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble No shade
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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.

Park at the White Rock Bay group use campgrounds in the Day Use parking area near the trail head. Bathrooms can be used at the campgrounds.

Contact Address (not actual park location): 1594 W. North Temple, Suite 116, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 Contact Phone: (801) 538-7220 Park Location Address: 4528 W. 1700 S. 84075 Syracuse. Driving Directions: Antelope Island State Park is located approximately 41 miles north of Salt Lake City. Take Exit 332 off Interstate 15, then drive west on Antelope Drive to the park entrance gate.

Antelope Island State Park is located approximately 41 miles north of Salt Lake City. Take Exit 332 off Interstate 15, then drive west on Antelope Drive to the park entrance gate. Arrive at Antelope Island State Park, pay $10.00 entrance fee and acquire a park map from the park entrance attendant. From there navigate to White Rock Bay group use campground. Travel to the southernmost edge of the campground and you will encounter a fence. Along that fence will be an entrance that is unmarked as of August 2013. At the entrance you will encounter two trails- one that heads east and another that heads south. Take the southerly trail- it is called White Rock Loop Trail. Follow this trail approximately 2.6 miles south until you reach a bench. Do not travel easterly. Take the southerly trail that will eventually take you up and westerly. After about a half of a mile turning up and westerly you will be on Elephant Rock Trail. Follow that trail west.

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Adam Ferrario
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Nice views of the lake and surrounding ranges. Elephant head rock is fairly obvious. Easy and totally worth it trail!

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A Mitch
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Great trail with beautiful views of Salt Lake. We did a bit more than Elephant Head for a total of 12.5 miles. The first/last 2.5 miles are flat. As we approached the hills, we never felt like the incline was too much, even in 90 degree heat. Lots of flat parts. We didn’t love the scenery when our back was to the Lake, but enjoyed this hike a lot. No shade - however we didn’t have trouble with bugs. Saw lots of lizards though. For a Saturday morning/afternoon, we were surprised to only encounter 4 other people.

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Lillie Hammock
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This is my favorite trail on Antelope Island. It's accessible and beautiful year-round. (Avoid it in bug season, May-mid-June) While on this trail, if you're not familiar with how Antelope Island's trail system works, be careful to have a map and pay attention to the trail signs. You'll go on the Bone Road Trail first, which is a wide, dusty trail that introduces a slow incline during the second half of that trail. From there you'll follow to Junction trail which is a couple of uphill switchbacks next to a formation of towering black rocks. Your final trail is on the Elephant Head Trail which leads you along a ridge through several rock clusters and along the edge of the lake. In the spring there are wildflowers. The trail ends very abruptly at the edge of a cliff. This is a great place to sit yourself down and enjoy a picnic, the sunset, and take some photos.

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Melanee Dahl
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HikingNo shade

Nice pretty trail. Saw bison and antelope. But the bugs were so awful!

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bojassem12 User
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windy af

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Judy Stott
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Amazing hike. It’s the perfect time of year to go to antelope island. You don’t have to worry about the bugs. Amazing view of great salt lake from this trail.

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Alex Brunhoeber
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful views. A little muddy- but very tolerable. No ice or snow.

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Rod Brown
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HikingMuddy

Fun to see the buffalo and animal life. A bit muddy, but not bad. Great views! Not a difficult hike. More of a walk on dirt with a couple spots of mild climbing

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Leslie Miller
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HikingMuddy

A bit muddy today but nothing terrible. Lots of horses on the trail. A few buffalo around but not on trail.

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Heather McCray
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HikingBugsNo shade

Gorgeous sunflowers and views of the Great Salt Lake. Lots of bison. Dog-friendly (on leash). Nice, flat trail but no shade. *Bathrooms at the beginning but it's a long trail and there's no trees or rocks to duck behind without anyone seeing you.

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Jenn Romero
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HikingBugs

Do not hike anywhere near this place right now, the biting gnats were hatched and above average due to the rain, people had full face nets and long sleeves and were still wing bitten. It’s a beautiful place if you just want a drive through!

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Brandon Walker
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This was an amazing trail I was able to take my whole family and they were all able to complete it we saw lots of animals some early spring wildflowers and some amazing views!!

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Peter Smolke
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Kelly Hacker
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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!

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Chris Patterson
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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.

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Kelsey Turcotte
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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.

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Bill Garcia
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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!

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Joe McShinsky
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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!

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Umut Guzel
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Great view...

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

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

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Matt W
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So many bugs.

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

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William Brandewie
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This was a good hike. Scenery was awesome

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CE Green
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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

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Katana Biehn
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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.

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Cache MACS
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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.

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Bradley Schultz
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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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Paul Tarter
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