Lionshead Rock Trail

MODERATE 128 reviews
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Lionshead Rock Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

hiking
1 day ago

Good hike for a flat lander not used to the altitude. Nice view from the top

hiking
19 days ago

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26 days ago

Great 6 mile walk.

hiking
3 months ago

I have done this one a few times this winter. It is a great hike if you don't want to see any one. Bring your Microspikes or snowshoes, especially the snow shoes if it has just snowed, not manny people hike this trail and it can get deep in areas.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a nice hike, all uphill on the outward journey and mostly in the forest. It is not stunningly interesting and when at the top you get a view of the highway and Minturn, neither of which are great.

hiking
9 months ago

Steep to begin, but it's worth the view from lionshead. Shady spots for hot afternoons.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! Very moderate and awesome at the top!

hiking
10 months ago

Quick hike, but steep. Beautiful to enjoy at sunset (but be prepared for the dark walk down).

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome trail with rewarding views at the end. Went on a Friday about mid-day and there were very few people using the trail.

10 months ago

Loved it. The aspens and pines trees and wildflowers were great. And the peak at the end was a good destination with spectacular views

hiking
10 months ago

Did a part of this hike on the weekend. The trailhead name is actually Cougar Trail when it splits. Great views of the mountains half way up. Highly recommended.

10 months ago

Steady, winding climb through pine and aspen forest. Occasional views over Minturn from side trails. Met only a couple of people on the way.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike. Mossy Forrest shaded most of the way. Three view spots. About 1 hr 40 min round trip.

11 months ago

Pretty brisk 4 mile hike that's fairly steep in one section. Views are amazing and it's just down the street from our townhouse rental. Not sure how some local mtn bikers rode up this trail... lungs and thighs of steel apparently :)

11 months ago

quick and easy hike with great views from Lionshead rock

11 months ago

Nice view... soooo busy

11 months ago

cougar ridge is the same hike.

11 months ago

Seems like Lionshead Rock trail is part of Cougar Ridge trail (summer Minturn Mile for mountain bikers) which goes all the way to Vail.

hiking
11 months ago

great !! trailhead sign actually says "Game Creek 2130" and at the fork there will be a sign - keep RIGHT Cougar Ridge

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Excellent hike. Lots of trees on the trail so be prepared to limbo or jump over. Worth the view! Beautiful aspens the whole way up.

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

Great hike. Uphill pretty much the entire way. Still snow on the ground near the top in a few spots; made those parts of the hike a little muddy but other than that the trail is great and absolutely worth it once you get to the top.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

is there still snow on it

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Still snow packed from 1/3rd of the way in, until the very top. Suggest going earlier in the day so that the snow isn't slushy on your way down. Goretex shoes highly recommended.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

great hike. i was a little confused at the beginning because there is no signage for Lionshead Rock Trail - start out on Game Creek Trail. I got started around 9 or 9:30 and was surprised that i didn't see ANYONE on the way up. i was a little paranoid about surprising wildlife so i felt a little silly singing most of the way up! some really nice views on the way up, but mostly in the trees. i was pleasantly surprised when i got to the top and got to go out on the big rocks and see the great views! if i'd been with someone else i would have really enjoyed hanging out on the rocks with a little picnic, but i was alone, so i enjoyed it about 15 minutes then headed back down. did pass about 3 groups of hikers on their way up when i was headed down.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Not sure we ever officially saw "lionshead rock," and it should be noted the trail is VERY difficult in snow. That said, it was beautiful!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Great views. Trail ends at the peak where the metal stake is. However the trail continues on but doesn't end till you get to vail. Very relaxing scenery

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

I got engaged here yesterday, so it will forever be 5 stars! Perfect place for a surprise proposal!!

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Beautiful hike today with my dog. The foliage and views were perfect for a Sunday.

hiking
Friday, September 02, 2016

Game Creek trail along the creek and then take the right trail over the creek. Relentlessly uphill but no cliffs or rocks to scramble over (Mary). View at the top is fabulous though the drop is precipitous.

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Decent hike. Somewhat confusing at the start. The trail head sign indicates "Game Creek" and not Lions Head. A fork at approx 1/2 mi shows Game Creek and Cougar Ridge (i.e. Lions Head). No where along the route was there Lions Head trail marker. Steady upward climb with rocky sections. Abundant vegetation along the route. Probably a spectacular hike in late July when flowers are blooming. Traffic noise at the start and crest but otherwise a serene hike.

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