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BETA PHOTO: Elephant Head, showing the north side. The Northw...


The appeal of this lesser peak is its ease of access (either from Island Lake or a camp in Indian Basin), simplicity of descent, and shorter routes for those less committing days in the mountains. The north side of the peak offers a variety of 2-6 pitch rock routes from 5.2 - 5.8. The most striking feature of the peak is its Northwest Buttress, a narrow fin of rock.

Rock climbs here will likely happen here in the summer to early fall. There's some fun climbing on this peak, but it's all low angle so you can expect to find a bit of loose rock.

Summit structures visible from Island Lake have earned this formation the nickname of Cairn Peak, but the USGS maps and Kelsey's guide use Elephant Head.

Getting There 

Approach is via the Elkhart Park trailhead near Pinedale, Wyoming. It's about 12 miles to Island Lake, or you could climb it from a camp in Indian Basin.

Climbing Season

Weather station 20.3 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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Northwest Buttress of Elephant Peak.

Northwest Buttress 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  WY : Wind River Range : ... : Elephant Head
The route up the Northwest Buttress is the type of climb where no two parties choose the same path. Kelsey's guidebook reports variations between 5.4 and 5.6. There are a couple enticing 5.8 options near the prow that are worthwhile. Beware loose rock - wear a helmet!...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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