Easy Short Adirondack Hikes: A hike to Elephant’s Head Trail Map ( Paul Smiths/Malone)
|At the summit of Elephant Head overlooking Lake Titus|
Elevation = 1,939'
Vertical Ascent = 464'
We don’t usually choose our hikes for the name of the mountain, but when daughter found out that there was an elephant in the Adirondacks, she wanted to see it for herself.
One such hike is the 0.5-mile hike to the summit of Elephant’s Head Mountain, part of the Titusville Mountain State Forest.
Depending on the weather and the type of vehicle, getting to the trailhead can be part of the issue. We turn onto the dirt road at the familiar brown sign marking the entrance to Elephant’s Head mountain. This time there are potholes to maneuver, but the road itself is manageable.
|Elephant Head is part of the Titusville Mountain State Forest|
|Safety First: Be visible during hunting season|
Near the summit we climb a set of wooden stairs and follow the path to views of Lake Titus to the north and a glimpse of distant Debar Mountain to the south. We have a quick snack before heading back to our van, stopping to look for spring flowers and to listen for the return of songbirds.
We’ve attempted this hike in the snow, but hadn’t factored in the extra time required to ski/snowshoe the 1.5-miles to the parking area from the road. The access road isn’t maintained in the winter months.
© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.