Lionshead Rock via Cougar Ridge Trail

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Lionshead Rock via Cougar Ridge Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,528 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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nature trips

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bird watching

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rocky
12 hours ago

Steadily steep the entire way up.The end result was pretty epic tho if you're not afraid of heights. Most taxing moderate I've done yet.

hiking
8 days ago

Uphill the whole way for one nice view overlooking Minturn.

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome view at the end. I think it was tougher than a lot of other hikes that are rated “difficult.”

hiking
13 days ago

Good trail for what it is! I did it round-trip from the road in an hour and 50 minutes. That include Stopping a couple times to take in the sights but I kept a pretty steady pace the whole way.Lots of Switchbacks so it wasn’t ever too steep. The leaves are just starting to change so I imagine in the next few weeks it’ll be even more gorgeous up here!

I tried doing this hike in July, but the ice melt made the beginning into a creek. this time, it was nice and dry! I was also pleasantly surprised to find it was mostly shaded, which was great since I was doing it in the afternoon. Beautiful little jaunt with some pretty views along the way, and less than 90 minutes round trip. I will definitely be doing this more often!

hiking
25 days ago

Super rewarding trail!

1 month ago

Beautiful wildflowers, steep and rocky! Between moderate and difficult!

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hiked it on a Saturday afternoon and it was not too crowded at all, though a few bikers came down from Vail. I’ve hiked other moderate-rated hikes in the area and will say this is a little more on the challenging side of moderate, as the pitch gets steep. My 6-year-old son was dragging & complaining but made it to the top. Hugely rewarding views at the end and you can actually climb out on the “lion’s head” rock. Trail clear and well maintained. Lots of biting flies so maybe wear repellant.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Clear of debris, rocky as always, but the perfect workout. Some of my favorite views in the valley!

hiking
1 month ago

Our family of four loved the hike today, but we'd categorize it closer to hard than moderate with most of the hike steadily uphill, but we loved that about 90% of the trail is shaded by trees. But the view at Lionshead Rock is awesome. Before you start the hike you can clearly see the destination rocky outcrop up and to the right from the trail head parking lot. There are also two great views of the Minturn valley on the way up to stop and gaze. Took us a little over two hours to ascend, but we stopped quite often to let mom rest and catch her breath.

Trail was in good shape. You can keep going up further. There is one portion that’s a little steep but overall I would still say moderate. Not a lot of having to plan out your feet work etc.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view at the end, but I would definitely consider this one “hard,” not “moderate.”

hiking
2 months ago

Trail in great shape, I would rate it somewhere between moderate and hard, one long straight up hill in the middle of the hike. Great views from the top!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail -- both aspens and lodgepole pines -- and a good workout. Lots of shade. Sadly, watch your step for dog poop on the trail (take note, dog owners)!

hiking
2 months ago

great hike. closer to 5 miles round trip. 1st quarter follows a beautiful stream. steady nice climb!

hiking
2 months ago

Tough beautiful hike! There is one stream near the bottom that has logs to help you cross it. The view at the top is wonderful. It was a total of 5.3 miles and took us 2.5 hours (moving time) and we went fast! We spent an additional 30-45 min at the top enjoying the views and snacks.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved loved this trail! It’s true that it is mostly uphill but take your time and it’s manageable for a novice hiker like me and just absolutely gorgeous. Gorgeous scenery, wildflowers, creeks, views, etc. it has it all!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is easy to follow and pretty well shaded most of the time. No snow right now. It is uphill almost the entire way. Nice spot for lunch at the top with great views!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was mostly dry today. Beautiful wildflowers-big and plentiful, lots of butterflies This hike is steep, uphill more than switchbacks, shaded and initially runs along the creek, beautiful aspen groves and scenery. There is a creek crossing-easier to walk on both logs rather than balance. There is a lovely lookout prior to the steepest, rockiest, and most difficult portion of the trial which takes you to the Lionshead rock landing lookout.

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2 months ago

Great trail! Parking right in front of homes. Follow Game Creek sign but veer off towards the right when you have to walk across the logs to cross over. Took us a little over and hr to reach the rock (we are in pretty good shape). We ended up going an extra 30min to the second rock outcropping and had our packed lunch. Shaded but wear sunscreen. Gorgeous views and perfect lunch spot.

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2 months ago

Hiked today 6/25. Great hike. Confusing at start because the trailhead sign does not say Lions Rock (pretty sure it said Game Creek). You’ll come to a fork before you cross the logs over the creek. Follow Cougar Ridge sign to the right. About 1/2 mile up there is a lookout over Minturn. Keep following trail up to Lions Rock. It’s massive and the views of Vail valley are incredible.

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muddy
2 months ago

Stream high and fast. To cross you’ll be stepping on small logs. You need walking sticks. But a great hike with beautiful vista.

3 months ago

unable to go very far unless you have a change of shoes. If you make it through a bend about half a foot of water it looks fine past

hiking
3 months ago

Creek is running across the trail at the bottom but the rest of the trail is in good shape. Definitely doable if you don’t mind wet feet. Very good views at the top also.

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washed out
3 months ago

All the run off was heading down the trail, so we turned around a half mile in. Will try again when it dries out!

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snow
washed out
3 months ago

Quick trip June 5th and we found the Game Creek overflowing it’s banks as well as the trail in 3 locations. After the creek the trail is fairly standard. Constant grade with a handful of switchbacks and about a half dozen trees across the trail. . At 9k ft we ran into quite a bit of snow in the trail. Which was more of an annoyance than anything. The view at the top is worth the effort. On the way down the snowmelt had raised the creek quite a bit, so be aware of the weather conditions that may affect Game Creek

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