White Rock Loop and Elephant Head Trail - Antelope Island State Park

At Elephant Head, hikers can use their imagination to find the shape of a pachyderm noggin on the peak.


From the parking area, the trail starts at the opening in the chain-link fence. You will soon see a trail split; go right. On the White Rock Loop, the grass ripples like waves in the Great Salt Lake. After hiking the White Rock section for over a mile, you will reach a bench. Take a break and enjoy the view of the striking blue lake, while listening to the sounds of birds. Continue on the trail heading south for about 1/8 mile, where you will see a sign for the Elephant Head Trail. Use your imagination and look for the elephant’s profile on the peak in front of you. Chukars scurry among the rocks on Elephant Head, making clucking sounds warning you to keep away. At the end of the trail you can see Frary Peak, the highest on the island. Looking south is the Tooele area, and Stansbury Island looms west. Park enterance fee: $9 per vehicle, $4 to bike causeway

Getting there: From Interstate 15, take Exit 332 for Syracuse. Make a left (west) and stay on Antelope Drive until the fee station and causeway. You will receive a road and trail map with your payment of $9.


-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker(baker@sltrib.com)

Region: Northern Utah

Destination: Elephant head

Distance: 8.7 miles

Time: 4 hours 45 minutes

Elevation Gain: 605 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes, on leash

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: Across the causeway

GPS Location: 40.9888303, -112.242727

Difficulty: 1


First published 2006-04-20