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Cross Mountain Trail #637

Intermediate
 3.0 (1)

A shaded trail through thick forest to the base of Lizard Head Peak and the Lizard Head Trail #505.


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Map Key

3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

70%

Runnable

11,940' 3,639 m

High

10,027' 3,056 m

Low

1,934' 589 m

Up

21' 6 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

This would be a great out-and-back or part of the Lizard Head loop as it has a fairly manageable grade, decent footing, and lots of different zones to keep you occupied.

Description

This trail is remarkable for its diversity of ecological zones. Heading north from the trailhead off the San Juan Skyway, it winds through intermittent fields of wildflowers and long grasses until ducking into large, thick stands of evergreens. You'll find a good deal of shade and canopy cover within the trees, making for a lovely trek in warmer weather.

The trail climbs through the trees at a moderate grade with areas of loose footing and a couple small, ephemeral creek crossings. As the trail emerges from the woods, it begins to climb more steeply for the last mile.

This final traverse above the treeline and along the ridge provides unbelievable views of the lush valley with its dark, volcanic soil, and alpine meadows that surround the peaks of the Lizard Head Wilderness.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of flowers and country that feels like there should be animals around.

Contacts

Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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Photos

Looking across the valley to Mt. Wilson, El Diente, and Wilson Peak from Cross Mountain Trail #637.
Jul 26, 2016 near Mountai…, CO
Cross Mountain Trail #637 heading further north toward Wilson Peak from the intersection with Lizard Head Trail #505.
Jul 26, 2016 near Mountai…, CO
Nearing the end of the densely wooded section of Cross Mountain Trail #637, looking across to Grizzly Peak.
Jul 26, 2016 near Rico, CO
River crossing.
Jul 28, 2016 near Rico, CO
Looking toward the ridgeline descent on the Cross Mountain Trail #637.
Jul 26, 2016 near Mountai…, CO
Back in the dense pine forest with a few ephemeral stream crossings.
Jul 26, 2016 near Rico, CO

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