Elephant Back Mountain Trail

EASY 21 reviews
#26 of 183 trails in

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 good for all skill levels. 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.

2 days ago

6 days ago

6 days 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.

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
4 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.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

9 months ago

Great views of the lake from up on the ridge. Good exercise trail but bears often present in early summer. CARRY BEAR SPRAY!

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely walk through the forest. Very peaceful. Part of the walk is quite steep, but not challenging. Great views of the lake through the trees. There's a lookout point on the loop which is very pleasant. 11 and 9 year old did it no problem.

10 months ago

I was a pleasant walk! Great view

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10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Nice view at the top, but little to see on the way up. Nice flowers along the route.

11 months ago

Great trail for a warm up in Yellowstone to get acclimated to the altitude.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

It was relatively a small incline & was easy on the knees.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The views from this trail are amazing. Even had the privilege of a red fox stopping to pose for us!

hiking
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

We hit this trail because Mount Washburn was closed (05/19) and were looking for something moderately strenuous. The bottom of the trail winds thru the forest floor, occasionally blocked by downed trees. Once the trail splits into the loop, the elevation gain begins. There are a few switchbacks that were sketchy due to snow still on the trail (8-10 inches in some places), but that keeps you on your toes right? Didn't see much wildlife along the trail, but had the bear spray at the ready anyways. At the top, beautiful panoramic views of Yellowstone Lake, the range to the east and the Lake Yellowstone Hotel.

hiking
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Easy, fun, nice view on top. Thick forest at places, did not see any bears but they are there for sure... Stop at the hotel by the lake for a great breakfast buffet!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Quick and easy w a beautiful view

hiking
Saturday, July 20, 2013

This is a great hike of moderate difficulty that rises about 850 feet and is about 3.6 miles in length. Bring your bear spray and make noise!