Elephant’s Head Trail

Elephant’s Head Trail | Pure Adirondacks

Located at the northern boundary of the Adirondacks in Malone, NY is a fun 4.1-mile out-and-back with incredible views of Lake Titus. The trail is in the Malone Memorial Recreation Park just a few miles from Titus Mountain Family Ski Center. The Elephant’s Head Trail is good for families, dogs, or people looking for a quick day trip.

Elephant's Head | Malone, NY

If you’re traveling from Malone, you head south on State Route 30 and you will see a DEC sign for the Titusville Mountain State Forest/Elephant Head Trailhead. There is a small dirt parking lot right near a locked park fence. From the parking lot, you will hike 1.4 miles down a dirt/gravel access road until you reach the trailhead.

📍Directions via Google Maps

Once you’re at the trailhead you will pass through a few rocks and follow a clearly marked grassy trail. Trees will be marked with yellow trail markers. After 0.1 miles, there is a sign where the trail turns right and you begin climbing. The next 0.6 miles will consist of switchbacks that take you through the wooded park. Once you reach the wooden staircase, you’re essentially at the peak of the trail. At the top, you will walk another 200 feet to two large boulders, which mark the end of the trail. These boulders are also where you’ll find a fantastic view of Lake Titus, just over the top of the trees.

Trail Stats:

  • Out-and-Back: 4.1 miles
  • Distance from Parking to Trailhead: 1.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 551 feet
  • Summit Elevation: 1980 feet

Keep it PURE

Remember to Leave No Trace! Buy a physical map, read it, plan, and prepare. Think about the NYS Rangers and medical personnel that exhaust themselves for a rescue that could have been avoided. Pack out your trash. Use a bear canister when primitive camping and cook away from where you’re sleeping. Do the rock walk to help reduce the impact on fragile alpine vegetation. Camp at designated campsites and never camp on or near summits.

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