Elephant Back

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Distance2.9mi
Elevation Gain1,500ft
Trailhead Elevation7,824ft
Top8,622ft
Elevation Min/Max7824/8622ft
Elevation Start/End7824/7824ft

Elephant Back

Elephant Back is a hiking trail in Teton County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 7,824 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,500 feet.

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Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A popular day hike on a well-maintained trail with a great view of Yellowstone Lake." Read more
Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"This trail thorough a dense forest climbs 800 feet up the elephant's back -- a mountain shaped like an elephant from the aerial view. The highlight of this hike is a magnificent overlook of Yellowstone Lake and its beautiful green islands. From the overlook, Pelican Valley can be seen to the left while the Absaroka Mountain Range reaches skyward behind the lake." Read more
Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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"A popular family outing from Lake Village, this rewarding trail climbs gently through old-growth lodgepole pine forest, then loops around steeply to a picnic-worthy overlook with a sweeping panoramic view of Yellowstone Lake and beyond to the Absarokas." Read more

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7/4/2009
This is a nice hike up some well maintained trail to a great view. The hike is not hard, nor is the route finding. Once you reach the top there is a magnificent view of Yellowstone lake and the surrounding area. The lake lodge in the foreground kind of ruins the shot, but if you frame your picture right you can cover it with a pine tree. It is and easy, yet rewarding hike.
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6/15/2008
A fairly easy climb to a wonderful view across Yellowstone Lake to the Absaroka Mountains. Heavy snowfall and a late spring conspired to leave snow up to two feet deep on some of the shadier parts of the trail, but the south-facing view-point was snow-free.
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5/30/2002
This was a great hike with a well marked trail through pretty dense forest. The last 1/4 mile of the hike was in knee deep snow. The view from the top is excellent of Lake Yellowstone and the surrounding area.
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7/15/2001
This is in my top 5 favorite hikes. The hike is not hard, but for beginner hikers, this could kind of strenous. But the reward at the top is worth it. It is absolutely beautiful at the top where you see yellowstone lake surrounded by numerous mountains(including avalanche peak). This is a must do hike in yellowstone. I worked in yellowstone in the summer of 2001, and i did it twice.
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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Parks
Yellowstone National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Yellowstone Lake; USGS Lake
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Dec 2018