Elephant Head

1 to 2 Hours



Mileage Round Trip: 1.1 miles

Elevation: 1,980 feet

Level: Easy to moderate, with staircase at its steepest

Getting there: Follow Route 30 south out of Malone and continue for about 10 miles to the trailhead on the left. The dirt access road is roughly 1.5 miles through a meadow to a parking area. Most hikers take dirt access road and then park.

Note: The dirt access road is not a road for vehicles which have low ground clearance. 

The foot trail starts from trailhead (1.5 miles through the meadow to the mountain), or where the trail starts to climb 0.8 mile and 320 feet in elevation to the scenic lookout. The trail leaves the old road on the right and starts an easy to moderate climb up to the ridge. A slight descent on the opposite side will bring you to your final climb. There is an old wood staircase that brings you to the top.

There are excellent views of Lake Titus and Titusville Mountain. A secondary view, slightly obstructed, gives you views of the Humbug Mountains.

The 1.5-mile Elephant Head Road provides access to Titusville Mountain State Forest. It intersects with State Route 30 approximately nine miles south of the village of Malone. DEC recently rehabilitated the road with significant brushing, grading, and other tread repairs, but it remains a rugged, seasonal, road.


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Read our blog post about this hike: A Zen Hike.

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