Lionshead Rock Trail

MODERATE 143 reviews
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Lionshead Rock Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. 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
1,535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

5 months ago

Challenging steady to moderate climbs. 3-4 stops that are beautifully breathtaking. The final destination point is fully gratifying. Strongly recommend this trail.

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked this trail on Oct 1. Path cuts through and near aspen groves or pine forest the entire length. Steady climb with a long uninterrupted stretch in the middle of the route that was fairly steep walking. Beautiful wide open view in two points along the way as well as at the summit. As a others have noted the trail signs never call this trail by the name here so keep your AllTrails app open at the trailhead and at the trail split after about a half mile. Cell coverage throughout (AT&T). Great trail!

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic colors right now! Be sure to turn on your All Trails map because the TH sign isn't even for Lionshead. It is game creek and then at the trail junction it is cougar ridge. For pics and more details, click here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

hiking
6 months ago

great work out, gorgeous views - perfect to see fall colors

hiking
6 months ago

Great scenic trail, moderate traffic all day. Hiked up to a ridge between hilltops-spectacular views for 50 miles in every direction. Lionshead rock was on the way, about 1/3 of the way up the one hill.

6 months ago

Great hike Great views. . From parking lot hike to top is closer to 5 miles and 2000 vertical per our Strava app. Trail is very well maintained just relatively steep from bottom to top. Recommend going early parking lot empty at 8:30 completely full at 11:00 when we left.

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic trail, but straight up to start. Don’t be daunted, great hiking after you get up off the canyon floor. Some great views, lots a shaded areas and very few bugs. Nice hike, but dedicate a good half day and go early in day if hiking mid-summer season.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a very exciting day on the trail - we saw a black bear and two snakes! The lookout/outcroppings were stunning.

hiking
7 months ago

Great short hike! Spectacular valley views, and forests terrain. I especially like how the trail is dotted with raspberry bushes. My only complaint is that it's very steep most of the way, which made it slightly more challenging than anticipated.

hiking
7 months ago

Took the family out early on a Sunday. We were the first on the trail about 8:30. The 3yr old, and wife (4 or 5 months preggo...idk) and myself.

Little one made it all the way to the first lookout- a couple good rest stops and some promise of a ride down helped get us there. After that it was on the shoulders. The incline after was real!!!

Aspens made the trail really cool halfway up. Lookout at the top was really cool. Windy and Sunny- it felt great after being in the shade the whole way up.

The hike down is no joke. You don’t realize how steep those runs were.
Your legs are going to talk to you :). Overall nice hike. Did it carrying 45lb toddler and didn’t feel unsafe.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great hike if you are looking for something that is around or under three hours. As noted below, the trail is shaded most of the way to the top. The aspens about 2/3 of the way up are huge! The trail is relatively steep and a good workout. Coming down the long straight portion of the hike is the hardest and definitely tests your knees and hips! Note that the trail marker at the beginning of the hike is marked "Game Creek" and pay attention to stay right at the fork towards the the creek crossing.

nature trips
7 months ago

7/21/18
Absolutely beautiful! The trail goes from flourishing raspberry fields, to scenic views all of the way to the top. Very shaded which was perfect for a hot July day. There was a fire near by which made the air a bit smoggy. Not too many people on the trail, but was probably a little busier since it was a Saturday.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike

hiking
8 months ago

Take the right at the fork (towards cougar ridge)
.8 first false summit
1.6 2nd false summit
If you’re from Oklahoma, you’ll be winded. Worth it!

8 months ago

The views from the top are top notch as well as the views from the two false summits below. Trail is completely shaded which makes for a comfortable hike. Bring some snacks and enjoy the false summits on the way up. Great spot for a little R and R.

hiking
8 months ago

7/04/18 - Great trail all hours of the day. Fair amount of shade and two scenic stops along the way up to the summit. Great for dogs (but please pick up after them). Steep in certain areas but fantastic view at the very top! Will do the hike again.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this trail with our infant in his carrier with no trouble. The incline is steady the whole way up and steep, but the view at the top is worth it. The trailhead is mixed in with driveways and is a straight up climb from the beginning. You cross the river to the right to take the trail mapped here, we did not take the trail to the left but I believe it also leads to the top of the mountain. The view is absolutely beautiful and you can go out to the edge of the mountain (to the point that if you slip, you’re falling hundreds of feet to the ground). Definitely recommend this trail but be aware of the steady incline.

8 months ago

A good hike. There is a fork in the trail. The left one leads to the top with a great view. The right one appears to be the one described here.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Great 6 mile walk.

hiking
Saturday, February 24, 2018

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
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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
Monday, September 04, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Great hike! Very moderate and awesome at the top!

hiking
Monday, August 21, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

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
Monday, August 07, 2017

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.

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