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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

For the Wind River Range area.

Weather station 20.3 miles from here

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West-Northwest Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  WY : Wind River Range : ... : Elephant Head
With most of the good stuff on the higher pitches, be prepared to scramble a bit through the first half. Rope drag can be a pain as the first couple of pitches wind through various ledge systems until you reach double finger cracks about half way up. The line becomes more obvious and direct from here on out. Mind the loose rocks and the vegetation. There's a real falling rock hazard to the belayer beneath the chimney sections. The belay requires a helmet. Keep your attachment point long enou...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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