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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Norwood Ranger District

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Lizard Head Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,280 Feet (3133 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,800 Feet (549 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,080 Feet (3682 Meters)
Length: 6.0 Miles (9.7 Kilometers) to San Juan Forest Boundary
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 409.3
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Mount Wilson Quad

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General Description

The first mile is fairly level and has some overlook areas where the hiker can see Trout Lake and the valley east. After a pretty steep climb with switchbacks the trail emerges on a ridge and follows this ridge above timberline to the end of the San Juan Forest boundary.

The trail leaves Highway 145 at Lizard Head Pass and contours the east side of Black Face Mountain and overlooks the Lake Fork Valley including Trout Lake. It then switchbacks through a low saddle north of Black Face and climbs to the ridge leading to the summit of Black Face which is 12,147 feet. From this vantage point you can see great distances into the San Juan Mountain Range to the south. The scenery is very outstanding and unique. You can look down on many smaller peaks. Elk graze the Wilson Meadows and pikas and marmots live in the slide rock areas. There are a few ptarmigan in the brushy areas. Snow sometimes remains in the area through July.

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.

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

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