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Elephant Rock Out and Back

 3 votes

Length

7.0 Miles 11.2 Kilometers

92%

Runnable

Elevation

974' 297 m

Ascent

-973' -297 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

6,212' 1,893 m

High

5,243' 1,598 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 23 days ago
Icy - As of 31 March, there was a fair amount of packed snow on the trail. Said snow caused the trail to be slippery in several places. History

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A popular running / mountain bike trail to Elephant Rock with great views of the Great Salt Lake.

David Clayton

Overview

No closures, though November to May, snow pack is common on the trails.
A beautiful out and back run to Elephant Rock with plenty of scenery along the way.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Runner Notes

As with any trail run, be alert to rocks, roots, and mountain bikers. Otherwise, this is a perfect trail to fit in a quick 7 mile run.

Description

Parking is limited at the first trailhead located on Mueller Park Road. This trailhead is located near the bridge over the creek, just before the forest service fee gates.

The trail is fairly well worn, with easy to follow tracks and easy uphill grades. Runners will enjoy beautiful mature evergreen and scrub oak forests with many areas well watered by nature. Damp areas will have dense fern growth and many wildflowers, which can be a treat in the summer months.

Elephant Rock is located roughly 3.5 miles up the trail and has benches for resting on with a dramatic view of the valley and Great Salt Lake beyond.

Those wishing to continue further up the trail can reach Rudy's Flat and Grandview Peak, or even loop back to Bountiful via the North Canyon Trail.

The trail is highly popular with mountain bikers too, so keep an ear out for them!

Flora & Fauna

Mature lodgepole pines, quaking Aspens, scrub oaks, ferns, and many other wild shrubs keep the trail largely in shade most of the day. Small animals such as squirrels and chipmunks most common, with occasional sightings of moose, elk, or deer possible.

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Sep 18, 2016
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  4.3 from 3 votes

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in Mueller Park

#132

in Utah

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