Left fork is fastest way to the "summit" views, but right fork of the trail has more peekaboo views along the way. Por que no los dos?
This was the only summit of the day as I spent most of my time that day doing the nature trail near Indian Pond on the north shore of Yellowstone Lake. Good for the kids.
Did this on a perfect October day...not a single other hiker on the whole hill, great views and still had time to keep touring!
Quick hike to the top.
employees at Lake.
hiked loop with brother.
Spent a couple of days in the park but the Elephant Back Trail was the only one I hiked. I got to the top and saw someone using their cell phone so went back down and got my Internet tablet and went back up to update my Facebook account so my family knew that I was OK, as I had been out of touch for awhile with no cell service in the park. Also made a needed phone call to coordinate an upcoming climb of Eagle Peak.
Hiked this trail in the afternoon. Nice view of Yellowstone Lake. We did the clockwise loop.
Fun hike, Didn't touch the actual summit, but hiked the trail.
Easy morning hike before it got too hot. Amazing views at the top.
This seems to be a favorite hike for lots of Lake employees. With it's easy accessibility, and the spectaular view of Lake Yellowstone offered at the top, it's easy to understand why.
Easy hike with a nice although partially obscured view of Yellowstone Lake. Got pounded by a hailstorm upon reaching the summit.
This was the very first hike I ever did as a employee in Yellowstone National Park. Working at Lake Lodge for 3 summers, I have made the hike up Elephant Back more times than I can remember. Full moon night hikes are always fun on this mountain, or when you and your buddies are all drunk and decide Elephant Back is within walking distance of the pub, so, "why not?"
I did this hike several times after work each summer that I worked in the park. Great for full moons, sunrises, etc.
When I worked in at Lake Yellowstone Hotel, I hiked/ran up this mountain too many times to count, early mornings, afternoons, evenings... A great one after work to put things into perspective.