People jams going up and down the steps are common, but there are also plenty of resting spots and smaller side trails if you want to avoid the crush.
Elephant Mountain is one part of a chain of mountains and trails, so it's difficult to define one peak, but a popular high point has a set of large rocks to climb to gain an improved view:
The day that my son and I climbed Elephant Mountain we explored a little off the beaten track and soon left the crowds behind. Despite its proximity to the city, the area is teeming with wildlife.
We saw and heard lots of birds, and butterflies flitted through the quieter, more open areas, some of them even staying still long enough for me to snap a few photos.
We took a trail less travelled to descend the mountain, and were soon surrounded by huge bamboos and the typical, large-leaved subtropical forest trees and plants. My personal favourites after the towering bamboos are huge tree ferns that would cost hundreds of pounds in the UK, assuming they were available at all. These plants, palms, vines and trees are still a pleasure to walk amongst even after living in Taiwan two and a half years.
After reaching ground level, we scooted back round to the beginning of the main trail to buy a drink from the fresh orange juice vendor we'd passed going up. A great way to round off the day.