Lionshead Rock via Cougar Ridge Trail

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White River National Forest

Lionshead Rock via Cougar Ridge Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.0 miElevation gain1,528 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Doug Dusenberry
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HikingIcySnow

Very nice trail with beautiful views of the valley and the mountains to the west of Minturn. this time of year you may want to consider yak tracks or snowshoes because the snow is still relatively deep. On the way down with regular hiking shoes we slipped on the snow quite a bit and post holed quite a bit which made for a tiring descent

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Matt Roller
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Rick Marriner
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Views of valley are well worth the hike! We needed snowshoes past about 0.5 miles in. Birds are very friendly and will perch on your hand if you are lucky enough to be a wildlife whisperer like my wife. Do this hike! You won’t regret the views at the end!!!

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Addie Dore
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It is a lot of work towards the top of the trail. Absolutely worth it.

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Olivia Lehman
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Hiking

Fun trail. We just did 2 miles of it. The trail was mostly packed snow so crampons probably would have been fine but we used snowshoes. Pretty views after 1 mile up.

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Kelsey Crawford
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Very fun

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Sonya B
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HikingSnow

Hiked 11/27/20 trail covered with a fresh coat of powder but clearly a packed trail underneath. Only ran into one other party during the hike. Had to cross a small creek, it frozen enough areas to maneuver over. Nice view at the top.

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Kristy McHenry
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Hiking

Had to put my yaks on from the getgo; packed snow and ice the entire way.

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Karina Carlson
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Gorgeous trail. We only got half way because there was significant snow/ice and we didn’t have the right footwear. Would definitely suggest having spikes or crampons.

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Alexa Bell
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HikingOff trailSnow

Got to the trail at 9am and plenty of parking! Trail was icy but fun. If you have hiking poles, bring them. If you have spikes for your shoes, wear them. Other than that, great hike! We went off trail for a tad, so the hike is more like 5 miles. I’d come back for sure!

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Kim Martin
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This was a pretty hike, even with the turn of the season and leaves on the ground. It was a very doable moderate trail— pretty steady incline but nothing to taxing.

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Joe Hammer
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Deceiving elevation. Gorgeous views from the top. 5 star!

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Brett Johnson
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Great. Beautiful hike w impressive views. Bikers on trail but not too much a problem.

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Steve Coffin
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I wish I had read John Howard's review before hiking this trail yesterday. He is right --this trail has become a biking trail. We saw 7 or 8 hikers and somewhere between 30 and 40 bikers. Had to constantly move off trail for them to ride by. It should be marked as a bike trail. We likely won't hike this trail again.

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Joe Caruso
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Great moderate hike. A bit windy at the top where we saw a tree come down with one of the big wind gusts

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Amy Meer
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Hiking

Beautiful fall color. Steep sections but switchbacks help. Beginning of trail was rocky but nothing out of the norm then the rest was soft dirt. Well maintained. View at the end was worth it! Went on a Monday and saw 6 people and 1 mountain bike. Parking allows for about 10 cars max.

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Maria Kobylkina
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John Howard
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They made the trail longer by adding switch backs to orient said trail more towards bikers. Some BULLSHIT. Aspens were at their peak.

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Lisa Walker
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HikingGreat!

Well maintained trail.. its about 5 miles out and back. Gorgeous views when you get to the top!

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Matt Kruse
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Hiking

What a great hike for walking through the changing Aspen’s during Fall. Highly recommend.

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Louis Dupart
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Solid moderate trail steady up trail, which is in good shape. Lionshead rock trail was closed for repairs went on Cougar. After mile trail levels off. Geat 4 mile hike. Trees are changing more color next week.

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Craig Bentzen
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Brianne Steed
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HikingGreat!

Trail is closed at turn off to Cougar. Sign is not posted at trailhead... only posted at .5 miles up trail! Sign says closed Sept 15- Oct 2. Beautiful other than that

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Margaux Potter
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Not too hard this time. No one on trail. Caught sunset.

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Ruth Aponte
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Nice up and back to rewarding view mid way and up top. Plan for Steep sections with lots of rock. Very shaded with Aspen so would be terrific on hot day and very pretty in fall. Went mid week and saw maybe 4 other groups and a few mountain bikers. We didn’t make it quite all the way up as storm moved in. Will return to complete!

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Madison Meyer
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Hiking

Muddy from the snow

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John Quinn
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Steep with a good view of Minturn at the top. Big aspens!

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Quinn Roussel
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Sweet kid friendly hike, not too steep

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