Elephant Head

Crawford Notch, NH
Length: 0.60 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Elephant Head is a rock formation at the northern end of Crawford Notch. Seen from the north, the rock assumes the shape of an elephant’s head embedded in the hillside. There is a short hiking trail leading to the top of the rock, from which you see a wide vista of the Crawford Notch “gateway” region. The hike starts on the Webster-Jackson Trail, which eventually leads to Mts. Webster and Jackson. Climbs moderately for 0.1 miles to the Elephant Head Spur. Turn right and follow this spur trail around the back of Elephant Head for 0.2 miles. When you reach Elephant Head, you will be able to look north to the AMC Highland Center and Saco Lake from 150 feet above the road. You can also see south through Crawford Notch to the Willey Range.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 150 ft.
Carrier needed Yes
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Shaded Hike and Viewpoint

Elephant Head is another contender for “the best view for the easiest walk in the White Mountains.” The trail leads to a sweeping view of Crawford Notch, both north and south.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park at the pull-off on the west side of the road.

Trail Contributor

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Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire! 


Trail Map

Getting There

Trailhead is on Rt. 302 in Carroll, NH, 8.8 miles south of Rt. 3 and just south of Saco Lake and the AMC Highland Center. Park at the pull-off on the west side of the road. Cross the road and walk to the trailhead, just past the brown sign for Mt. Washington State Park.