Elephant Hill
Elephant Hill
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William and Lat... M
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Wow! If you want to be in the middle of the needles this is the hike for you!
The hike is fairly short but strenuous with lots of scrambling on rocks and a few slot canyons . Every turn seemed to have spectacular views .
Definitely a bucket list trail!

Take lots of water no matter the time of year. Pay attention to the cairns for trail direction.
Worth the workout!
Written 5 October 2023
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Zack C
Minden, NV28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Some apps list this OHV trail as easy or moderate, but it is NOT. Lots of boulder crawling, steep cliffside roads, but well worth the couple of bumps and bruises that we took with our Bronco. Scenery is quite incredible.
Written 3 June 2022
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Marie5466
Guanajuato Municipality, Mexico1,102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Was here 30 years ago, mountain biking after a heavy flashflood so the area was clean, green and full of life and death (a few animals didn't outrun the sudden rise in water).

This place is a constant reminder of life and death – mother nature laughing last should be respected.

My husband and I witnessed a pink tour jeep falling off Elephant Hill (after the driver asked all passengers to get off - only one refused to do so) and we helped evacuated him after the jeep went down into the canyon below. The other passengers were happy to have followed the driver's recommendation of getting out despite the heat.
Love that this is remote and still a bit dangerous - it keeps many folks away.

This time, it was dry, hot and there were no flashfloods in the forecast. Only hiked. Still beautiful.

When the rangers tell you, this can be a difficult drive - believe them.

Enjoy
Written 27 August 2019
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ELKW
United States11,824 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
There is an overlook point about 1 mile after the start of the dirt road, you can have a wide view of the Needles, see the typical red white layers of rock formation. But of course it's quite far away, so better have a camera with certain degree of zoom in power. And don't know why the color of the Needles (i.e. the red and white layers of rock) we saw is quite dull, not shape or bright, may be due to the sunlight angle is not good? but we already go there in late morning after 11am, not sure if the color will be better in afternoon. After the overlook point, it's worth to drive thru' the 3 miles dirt road to the end, you can see some more rock formations, like mushroom rock along the road. there is a parking lot with picnic tables and toilet. There is also a trail, but we didn't do it, just walk up a little bit to take a look to the view, then back.
Written 13 July 2019
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ranles76
Escondido345 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We planned to do Elephant Hill. It is accessible via a 3-mile unpaved road (2-wheel drive okay). The signage at the beginning of the unpaved road scared us off. Basically, it says the road is windy, filled with blind curves, slippery areas, etc. We are on vacation, not thrill seeking. We may have missed something good, but we saw lots of wonderful thing in the area and filled our day.
Written 18 June 2018
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Charles G
Ottawa, Canada941 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
There are so many photogenic places at Canyonlands, and this one certainly is one of the top ones. But it's a bit of a challenge to get there as the 3-mile road is narrow, curvy and often blind.
Written 6 May 2018
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Scott M
Sydney, Australia489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
We walked in the late afternoon, which seemed perfect given the light. You only need to walk 30 minutes from the carpark to see some of the best views in Needles. The climb is initially a bit steep but then is easy. Bring your camera!
Written 1 March 2018
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Lisa A
Bloomington, IN174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Camped back at Horsehoof campsite in Needles which required the traversing of Elephant Hill, Narrow Pass, and SOB Hill. All are quite technical and man are you glad when you get passed them. However, once overcoming these obstacles, you are afforded the most beautiful sights! The road is moderately used so you don't have to worry about being stranded for too long if the worst happens to you. As with all technical 4X4 trails, take it slow and be prepared to stack rocks where needed. I would recommend you bring along a spotter because some places are hairy (backing up or down on switchbacks where there isn't enough room to turn around). Plan to spend a whole day and don't forget to visit the confluence.
Written 8 June 2017
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Steve5863
Avon, OH12,851 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Elephant Hill is at the end of a very narrow 3.0 mile (4.8k) dirt road in the Needles District starting near Squaw Flat that is passable with an ordinary passenger car with care. Elephant Point is the beginning of the very difficult, technical 4x4 track of the same name and the trailhead for a network of long trails taking one to Chesler Park, the heart of the Needles, and Druid Arch.

Of more interest to the casual visitor to the Needles District is the overlook at the highest point along the road to Elephant Hill, about 1 mile (1.6k) from the beginning, that offers panoramic views of the Needles District and the best views of the Needles without a long hike or difficult 4x4 drive. The overlook, which is best in the morning, is on the right side of the road a few hundred yards (meters) after the “blind curve” sign where there is a small area to pull off the road with interpretive signs. While the view of the Needles is still quite distant, it is quite good and the closest view than one can get in an ordinary passenger car.
Written 4 June 2017
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Rodney B
Denver39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Business
Often overlooked or passed by on the way to the Chesler Trailhead at the end of Elephant Hill road, this formation is a beautiful example of sandstone mesa/butte.
Written 2 June 2017
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