ElevationAscent: 2,482' 756 m
Descent: -2,726' -831 m
High: 12,094' 3,686 m
Low: 10,029' 3,057 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 30% (16°)
Current trail conditions
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“A breathtaking loop up to the high alpine meadows at the base of Lizard Head Peak.”— Zander Göpfert
From the Lizard Head Trail #505 trailhead parking, head northeast through the tall grasses and wildflowers before ducking into stands of wide aspens and pine. After 1.5 miles, the trail turns to the left, beginning the first of two switchback ascents that gain around 1,000' of elevation.
This uphill slog is demanding but well worth the effort. At the end of the switchbacks, the trees begin to thin and the views begin to open up.
Continue along the trail as it traverses the ridge of Black Face before descending through a slightly washed out section that heads briefly back into the evergreen forest. From this lower meadow, begin the second and final big climb heading directly up towards the prominent Lizard Head Peak. The trail will fly by as the views of the surrounding peaks, walls, and valleys are so beautifully distracting.
Traverse across the slope below Lizard Head Peak to the intersection with the Cross Mountain Trail #637. This area makes for a great lunch break or spot to take pictures and enjoy the views. From the intersection, head left onto the Cross Mountain Trail #637.
This trail traverses along the contours below a ridgeline on dark volcanic soil. This descent is a lovely reprieve from the climbing of the first half of the run. The trail then ducks into thick, evergreen forest with lots of shade and cool, trickling water.
Continue out of the Lizard Head Wilderness into San Juan National Forest and the Cross Mountain Trail #637 trailhead parking area.
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office