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Lizard Head Trail is a 15.8 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: 15.8 miles Elevation Gain: 5,718 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

hiking
23 days ago

The trail was overall pretty good. We completed the full loop on 6/10. Towards the beginning we had lots of fallen trees we had to climb over and lost the trail for a bit. Eventually, with common sense, you can find the trail again. The snow is mostly melted with only one section of snow field that was a little hard to cross. Beautiful hike with amazing views.

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snow
1 month ago

Beautiful views. The review from Greg earlier in the posts is spot on. We hiked the trail on 5/23 and most of the trail was covered by snow pack. Because it’s well travelled just follow the foot steps in the snow if the trail isn’t clear. I suggest starting early while the snow is still hard and packed. By the afternoon the snow gets soft and made it hard to walk through the snow pack. Poles were very helpful. Views were worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

Had a great time. Trail was good. View was awesome.

hiking
10 months ago

We started this hike at the Southern end at Cross Mountain Trailhead and went 4 miles in - 4 miles straight back out. We did not turn right onto Lizard Head Trail 3.5 miles in from Cross Mountain Trailhead. What a great hike! I don't know why this one is not more famous. It is outstanding, and we have done a lot of great hikes this season - Ajax, Hope Lake, Blue Lakes, etc…. Starting out at the Cross Mountain Trail Head, where there is tons of parking of the main highway 145, you climb 2 miles through a nice forest on a very smooth dirt path that goes continuously up but has no switch-backs. It climbs 1000 feet in 2 miles at a steady and not steep climb. Then you break out into a meadow filled with wildflowers and the fun starts. At 3.5 miles, the Cross Mountain Trail hits the junction with LizardHead Trail, which swings North across Black Face. Do not turn right onto the Lizard Head Trail on this version of the hike. Keep bearing left and go one-half more mile and you top off at a fabulous view into magnificent high-mountain scenery - three Fourteeners and two Thirteeners right in your face! It is one of the very best views in all the Rocky Mountains. But you have to keep pushing that half mile past the trail junction. Go 4 miles in, 4 miles straight back out. 8 mile hike with a total ascent on the up and back of 2100 feet, registered on two Garmins. This is a fantastic world-class day hike. Superb. For some reason, my All Trails recording stopped registering for one mile of the hike.

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

Appears to be a good hike I only was able to do a short part of this hike.

hiking
scramble
snow
Thu Jul 04 2019

Attempted to hike this trail today, July 3rd 2019, and was stopped by massive snow drifts just past the Wilson Meadows trail. I found an adventurous couple who were headed up the mountain to the first summit, but this involves trudging through massive snowdrifts 3 to 4 feet deep. The top of the trail is not passable at all from what I could tell. I suspect it will be quite a while before this trail completely melts out this year.

Fri Jun 15 2018

Beautiful views. I recommend doing an out and back from the Lizard Head trailhead to the first summit- it is 7.5 miles round-trip.

backpacking
Wed Oct 18 2017

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

Sun Oct 01 2017

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!

Sun Jul 09 2017

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

hiking
Sun Jun 11 2017

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.

Thu Mar 16 2017

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

hiking
Thu Jul 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

horseback riding
Thu Nov 05 2015

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

Fri Jul 17 2015

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

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19 days ago

recorded Lizard Head Trail

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