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Elephant Back Mountain

3.7 miles
889 feet
elevation gain
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About the trip

Hike the Elephant Back

The Elephant Back is a moderate, 3.7 mile lollipop loop near Yellowstone Lake in the southeastern section of the park. We begin our hike near Lake Lodge and amble through coniferous forests, heading inland from the lake. The trail begins to gradually rise, taking us to one of the highest points on the western banks of the lake. Midway up the trail, the trees open to reveal stunning views of Yellowstone Lake and the Absaroka Mountain Range.. The hike loops back towards the road, winding through open forests, thick with flowers in the spring and early summer. This area is prime grizzly bear territory, so keep your eyes peeled for these elusive creatures!

On the full-day tour, we can add on a trip to a nearby geyser basin.



1-2 ppl: $750
3-5 ppl: $1350
each additional person: $150


1-2 ppl: $500
3-5 ppl: $750
each additional person: $125
please note: half-day tours do not include lunch

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Level 4/10
889 feet elevation gain
3.7 miles

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Sunscreen
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots with non-cotton socks
  • Hat
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
Not Included
  • Park entry fees
  • Gratuity for your guide


Level 4

Ideal for Active Beginners and Moderate Hikers

Level 4 trips balance physical and aesthetic components of the day. Get your heart pumping on intermediate terrain with some rock scrambles and multiple peaks, then enjoy a well-earned break with a stunning view. These trips are effective preparation for even more challenging weekend-long trips.


Trail time ranges from for four to six hours. You should be in good physical shape and exercise at least three times a week to get the most out of the day.


You’ll be traveling four to eight miles on this trip, the average distance run in an hour-long soccer game.


You’ll be hiking on steadily rising terrain with loose rock surfaces, switchbacks, roots and small boulders.

Elevation Change

Up to 1,500 feet per day.


We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.