Lizard Head Trail

HARD 12 reviews

Lizard Head Trail is a 16.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ophir, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5915 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Directions from Lizard Pass: Travel Hwy 145 to Lizard Head Pass and turn west at the south side of the sign and follow an old abandoned highway to the parking lot and the trailhead.

backpacking
1 minute ago

Incredible hike, stunning views... can't wait to do this again!!!

17 days ago

Great trail with huge views! Agree with Tom and Alison's review, below, that the description and map are confusing. Out and back distance of 16 miles from Lizard Head Pass to junction with Cross Mountain Trail (below Lizard Head Peak), then back, sounds about right. But although there's plenty of uphill, elevation gain is nothing close to 5900 feet - map shows it's about half that, and that's what it felt like to me.
Saw nice flock of White-winged Ptarmigans - rather than taking flight at my approach, they "hid" from me, just a few feet away, some of them hunkered down right in the trail. Cool!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Stunning view. Steep and challenging. Trail is clearly marked and easy to follow

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This description and reviews and trail map are confusing as the map shows doing the whole loop including the Cross Mountain Trail. There are two trailheads right on the highway - the southern one is for the Cross Mountain Trail and the northern one (right at the pass) is the Lizard Head Trail. We hiked up the latter on June 8th, and were stopped by complete snow coverage just after the point where the Mt Wilson Meadow Trail takes off - slightly less than 3 miles in. Did have to cross a number of snow piles before that, but no issues there. Trail is wonderful - with good shade but gorgeous views and pretty little snow melt creeks to skip across. We turned around and came back down to the large talus field where the views are really open to eat our lunch - views of Vermilion Peak, Pilot Knob, and Fuller Peak. Loved all the false hellebore that has sprouted since the snow has melted.

7 months ago

Snowshoeing this trail was challenging due to elevation gains but so worth the view.

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Strenuous first 2.5 miles then levels out to beautiful views along mountain ridges. Recommend dropping a car at Lizard Head and then starting at Cross Mountain for a 7.9 mile hike

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

horseback riding
Thursday, November 05, 2015

Followed Slate creek up to the base of Mount Wilson and camped a few days, returned on Lizard head trail, beautiful country

Friday, July 17, 2015

Great hike - difficulty was its length. We crossed Blackface Mtn and views were amazing.