Elephant Mountain gets its name because it looks like the top of a charging elephant's head--see photo above. It's pretty obvious when looked at from this angle at Leonard Creek Ranch or from nearly anywhere on the Pine Forest Range. It is a distinctive part of the desert skyline along with Pinto Mountain.
Having seen and loved the view of this mountain over the years, we decided to hike up it in early spring 2017. Views of the Black Rock Desert, Black Rock Range, Jackson Range and Pine Forest Range were outstanding!
Elephant Mountain is roughly 5,931 ft in elevation and is located in the Black Rock Desert Wilderness Area. It is actually the highest point in the Black Rock Desert Wilderness Area.
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