Lizard Rock Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake George, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.
Directions from Lake George: Spruce Grove Campground located approximately 13 miles northwest of the small town of Lake George, Colorado. Visitors may reach the campground by taking Highway 24 northwest from Lake George for 1 mile to County Road 77. Travel approximately 12 miles north on 77 through Tarryall City to reach the campground. The Lizard Rock Trailhead is located within the campground boundaries.
From the parking lot to the end of Lizard Rock Trail it was 5.34 miles. There was a total of just over 1000 feet of elevation gain. The last half mile was steeper than expected. The rock formation looks more like Jar Jar Binks than a lizard head.
We hiked the Lizard Rock trail from the Spruce Grove Campground. We hiked to the summit of Hankins Pass, this is a beautiful hike with moderate use. We hit some fall colors along the way but the highlight was the aspen forest at the top of Hankins Pass.