Elephant Back Mountain (Yellowstone National Park)

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View of the Lake hotel from Elephant back mountain

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located in Yellowstone National Park, North Western Wyoming.

To get to the trailhead: Drive south from Fishing Bridge Junction for 0.7 miles. Park at the Elephant back trailhead.
city
gardiner
state
mt
country
USA
Region
Yellowstone National Park

Hike details

Distance
4.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
4.0 miles total for the lollypop loop.
Time
2.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us about 2.0 hours.
Elevation Gain
750 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 750 ft gain.
Hike Trail Type
Lollypop Loop
Special Features
Water

Season

Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
Summer to Fall. This may have snow on it if hiking early in the season.
Date Hike completed
June 05, 2002

Solitudue

Solitude
Medium
Solitude Details
Fair. This is a popular hike, so expect 30-40 people.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Easy
difficulty detail
30 yr old Recommendation: This is a nice quick hike near the Lake Hotel. This is an Easy hike.

Permits

Be Aware of
Entrance fee to get into Yellowstone National Park, bear area

Hike up Elephant back mountain in Yellowstone National park

From the trailhead, follow the well marked and well traveled trail to the Northwest up the forested Elephant Back Mountain side. About 1 mile into this hike, the trail splits. Either direction is fine, because the hike loops back to this point. Turning right here is the more gradual climb.

At the top, you are rewarded with the views of the Lake Yellowstone area. There are a few benches here and this is a very nice spot to relax. When ready, take the opposite direction to finish the loop and return to the trailhead.

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