Elephant Back Mountain Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews
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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 rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
820 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

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21 days ago

This was a decent challenge with beautiful views. It was worth the the trip up. It took us 2 hrs with stops.

26 days ago

Great hike up the mountain

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1 month ago

Great trail to do early in the morning. It has some good elevation and spectacular views. The later in the day the more crowded the trail gets.

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LARGE bear encounter 200 yards into this hike on June 29th. One pleasant overlook of the lake.

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2 months ago

Beautiful views on top. The incline gets to be pretty steep. Also, don't get fooled when you get to the top, around the loop on the left hand side when walking up you'll get a great view. BUT I would not consider this an "easy" hike.

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2 months ago

Was still a bit wet when I went but absolutely amazing overlooks of lake and the mountains.

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6 months 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.

11 months ago

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