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Backpacking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Park Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lizard Rock Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 680 Feet (212.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,080 Feet (2830.4 Meters) junction with Brookside McCurdy Trail
High Point: 9,280 Feet (2892.8 Meters) Hankins Pass Trail junction
Length, One-way: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Pike National Forest, Trails Illustrated 105
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 658
Usage: Moderate
USGS Map: McCurdy Mountain




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General Description

Lizard Rock Trail begins from the Spruce Grove Campground, which is a fee area. To avoid the camping fee simply park your vehicle outside of the campground and walk to the trailhead. The trail is 2.5 miles long one way. The first mile + is easy climbing the last mile to Hankins Pass Trail is somewhat steeper. This trail leads to the western boundary of Lost Creek Wilderness and intersects with the Hankins Pass Trail and the Brookside McCurdy Trail. It passes a rock formation, the trails namesake, that looks like a large lizard.

Directions from Lake George: Spruce Grove Campground located approximately 13 miles northwest of the small town of Lake George, Colorado. Visitors may reach the campground by taking Highway 24 northwest from Lake George for 1 mile to County Road 77. Travel approximately 12 miles north on 77 through Tarryall City to reach the campground. The Lizard Rock Trailhead is located within the campground boundaries.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Lizard Rock Trail
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Lizard Rock Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Lizard Rock Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Lizard Rock Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Lizard Rock Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Lizard Rock Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Lizard Rock Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Lizard Rock Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Lizard Rock Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Brookside-McCurdy Trail - The Brookside-McCurdy Trail leads through the length of the Lost Creek Wilderness. It intersects with 5 different trails providing the opportunity for several loop hikes.

Hankins Pass Trail - The Hankins Pass Trail connects the Goose Creek Trail to the Lake Park, Lizard Rock and Brookside McCurdy Trails. It is located in the southern part of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area.

Spruce Grove Campground - Spruce Grove Campground consists of 26 individual family campsites. It provides access to hiking, biking, backpacking and fishing opportunities.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Park County Tourism Office, P.O. Box 220 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-4279

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