Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Lizard Head Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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1 month ago

My son and I hike up to Hope Lake this morning 10/16/19. Since we did not trust driving our rental to the trailhead, we parked about 1.5 miles away which added an additional 3 mi to the hike. A few rough spots on the road but we could have made the drive. It was a very difficult hike for me. My 23 year old son did very well. We are both from MS (flat landers). For those of you who are 65 yoa or older it could be a very difficult hike. Of course, it is extremely beautiful once you get to the lake.

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1 month ago

I hiked this Oct 8, 2019. Views of the fall colors were still beautiful, but we are getting toward the end of the color season. This trail is apparently heavily used so not much solitude, but it is still an impressive hike to a beautiful lake. When you come to the first stream be sure to cross the stream to continue on the trail. There is another trail that goes up the stream drainage to the left, but this is not the way to go to get to the lake. The trail is generally in very good condition with only a couple of fallen trees over the trail to go around. I continued on up the South Mineral Creek trail to the ridge above the lake for some great views. Nothing very difficult on this trail as long as you are acclimated to this elevation.

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1 month ago

Lake is really full right now so that's nice

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of switchbacks, but there are some great views while you do them. Small cascade at one point that’s nice. The lake is beautiful and there’s a waterfall in the background. For some reason, this hike took more out of me than the Ice Lake Basin hike, even though this hike is shorter and climbs (on average) less elevation per mile. Maybe the altitude? Unsure. Great little hike though. Mountain road to the trailhead is a little bumpy, but you can get there regardless of vehicle with the right attitude. Saw another hiker plow up the road in a little Scion.

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2 months ago

The most beautiful hike I’ve done. The views are spectacular all along the way. Has reasonable elevation gain but mostly slow and steady except maybe toward the last 500-1000 feet. Do not give up, rest, take pictures,keep going. Recommend decent ankle support- the terrain is varied. Poles helped a lot with knees on way down. One note on getting there. Dirt road with lots of holes. Would recommend a vehicle that can handle rough terrain. The parking is kind of willy nilly at the trailhead, there’s also an overflow lot on the left on your way up the road. You have to walk up the road to get to trailhead. The trail has one area the crosses water relatively early on the walk. When we went (September) it was mostly just stepping over a few rocks. The trail picks up across the water and changes direction up the side of the hill. We had to stop and look around a minute to see where the worn part of the trail was. However we ran into a group that wandered straight up the rocks and never quite figured it out.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Definitely huffed and puffed at the end but it was worth it! Need a durable car to get to the trail head. It was pretty rocky and rough, FYI.

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2 months ago

Fun trail with great vistas. Note: the map shown on AllTrails is deceptive. It shows the switchbacks extending down to CO-145 when they end higher and the trail heads SW to the trailhead (which is described correctly in the text). There may be an unofficial trail as shown on the map, but the textural description is more accurate.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike, stunning views especially at the end. Steep climb, but steady and trail in good shape. We went left about 3 tenths a mile at the junction with Lizzard Head trail as suggested in a recent review. Perfect lunch spot surrounded with 360 views of mountains. Highly recommend!

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2 months ago

Reallly freaking hard the last mile! Keep pushing!!!!!

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2 months ago

My girlfriend has traveled the world and said this was the most beautiful landscape she has ever seen. Just do it.

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2 months ago

Amazing. Beautiful views of Mountains, Trout Lake below, wildflowers and streams.

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2 months ago

Amazing hike with beautiful views the entire way. We went on a Tuesday at 9 and it was crowded on our way back out. We’re not avid hikers so it was challenging for us, but worth it. The ATV road that leads to the trail was a good 15-20 minute trek.

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2 months ago

Beautiful day. Wildflowers were awesome. Caught a very nice Cutthroat

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2 months ago

We summited El Diente from the Navajo Lake side instead. So this review might not be applicable to those coming from Kilpacker Trail. From the Navajo Lake side, there are 3 ways up to El Diente and Mt Wilson. Two of them are class 3 and one is a class 4. We were going to choose one of the class 3's but had heard there was still snow and ice covering the trail, so we decided on the class 4. Very unstable rocks and difficult route finding. There are cairns but they are widely spaced and hard to spot among the rocks. Pikas provide a cute break from the rock scrambling, if you can spot them! Do bring a CLIMBING HELMET and CLIMBING GLOVES. The gloves are definitely going to be used (hopefully not the helmet). Views are breathtaking on the ascent. But it's impossible to look around you while you're climbing since it takes focus to find the route, step on stable rocks, and pull yourself upwards. There is a section near the top that requires you to scale very large boulders that are sitting nearly vertical. It will look impassable and we nearly turned around. However, this is the correct path according to our hiking guide book. My highest note of caution: WEAR ANKLE-HIGH HIKING BOOTS AND WATCH OUT FOR SHIFTING/FALLING BOULDERS!!!! I had one boulder break loose and careen down the mountain, narrowly missing us. Further on, I stepped on an unstable boulder, which fell onto my foot, BREAKING MY LEG (fibula and tibia both). I had to be helped down the mountain in extreme pain and lots of blood. It's an epic story for another time. But please BE CAREFUL with the rocks!! I would recommend an alternate way up El Diente than from the Navajo Lake side. The snow in the class 3 areas remain most of the year (they were still there on Labor Day), and the class 4 trail is just too unstable and unpredictable. Try the Kilpacker Trail to the summit! It sounds a bit more doable!

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2 months ago

Amazing views, not many crowds! Fairly steady incline, so definitely moderate difficulty.

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2 months ago

Fantastic views and wildflowers the entire hike!

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2 months ago

Absolutely Gorgeous hike. The road up to trailhead is one lane and you should probably have a higher clearance car or SUV, but we saw all kinds of cars in the lot. There is an overflow parking lot if the main lot is full, You’ll have to drive back down a little bit to get to it on the right. This is one of my favorite hikes, and the views at the end after you break through timberline are spectacular. Tons of wildflowers. We went on a weekday and it really wasn’t overly crowded, we didn’t see that many other hikers. We stopped for photographs, water breaks and lunch at the lake so it took us a bit longer than it probably should have. We did see a couple heading up farther on a single track trail to the left After we reached the lake. Worth exploring.

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2 months ago

One of our favorites! It’s a can’t miss! ❤️

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2 months ago

Hike is very relaxing going through woods and meadows. We found the trail at the 512 signage to be covered by a lot of loose wash material and stopped at the overlook. Good start to getting used to higher elevations.

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2 months ago

Amazing hike. In my top 10 of SW Colorado. Get to trailhead early! Don’t miss this one!

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rocky
2 months ago

8/23 This trail was AMAZING! It has everything you could want in a good Colorado trail. I’m in decent shape but this was intense for my midwestern lungs. Took me a good hour and a half going at a pretty good clip to get up. Obv, bring food and water. So glad I had a layer with me. It was a perfect mid sixties with some intermittent cloud cover but between the sweat and the coolness I got pretty chilled in shorts and a t-shirt. Imo, I don’t think I’d enjoy this trail in chacos, glad I opted for the trail kicks. Left the trail head at 3:15 and started making my way down at 6:00. Golden hour was stunning up there but I did want to get off the mountain before it got dark. Could’ve gotten down way quicker if I hadn’t stopped for so many pics. If you don’t want something intense or to feel obligated to take pictures every 50 yards then this hike’s not for you!

What a great hike! I don't know why this one is not more famous. It is outstanding, and we have done a lot of great hikes this season - Ajax, Hope Lake, Blue Lakes, etc…. Starting out at the Cross Mountain Trail Head, where there is tons of parking of the main highway 145, you climb 2 miles through a nice forest on a very smooth dirt path that goes continuously up but has no switch-backs. It climbs 1000 feet in 2 miles at a steady and not steep climb. Then you break out into a meadow filled with wildflowers and the fun starts. At 3.5 miles, the Cross Mountain Trail hits the junction with LizardHead Trail, which swings North across Black Face. Do not turn right onto the Lizard Head Trail on this hike. Keep bearing left and go one-half more mile and you top off at a fabulous view into magnificent high-mountain scenery - three Fourteeners and two Thirteeners right in your face! It is one of the very best views in all the Rocky Mountains. But you have to keep pushing that half mile past the trail junction. Go 4 miles in, 4 miles straight back out. 8 mile hike with a total ascent on the up and back of 2100 feet, registered on two Garmins. This is a fantastic world-class day hike. Superb. For some reason, my All Trails recording stopped registering for one mile of the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the most beautiful trails I've ever done. The road up to the trailhead is a little tricky for vehicles that are not 4WD or AWD, but my Nissan Versa made it. I would rate the trail as moderate. The switchbacks and high elevation will test your endurance. Be careful not to miss the first creek crossing off to the right. Myself and another group went left and followed the trail through a meadow up to a scree field. When the trail disappeared after a mile, we knew we had missed the turn. Backtracking was well worth it. the views are spectaclular, wildflowers are blooming, and there are still some snow patches. Be careful crossing the avalanche area. The lake is amazing!

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3 months ago

Must Do!!!

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rocky
3 months ago

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