GoHawkeye San Juan Trail group hike

Trek with Hawkeye through the Lizard Head Wilderness

Hikers on the Cross Mountain section of the GoHawkeye San Juan Trail. By Craig Stein.

Most of this 9.25-mile route is located within the Lizard Head Wilderness. Starting at the junction of County Road 63J /Forest Road #623 and Wilson Mesa Trailhead (East) and ending at the Cross Mountain Trailhead #637 near Lizard Head Pass.  The steep, scenic trail passes waterfalls and ruins of the Morning Star Mine as it ascends along Bilk Creek. The high point of the trail (12,077′ ), skirts alongside the summit of Lizard Head Peak, a 400-foot-tall tower of rotten rock, which has been voted as one of Colorado’s most dangerous and difficult climbs.

Lizard Head Peak. 13,119 ft (3,999 m). By Craig Stein.

The 41,496 acre Lizard Head Wilderness lies astride the San Juan Mountains, 10 miles southwest of Telluride within Uncompahgre and San Juan National Forests. Wilson Peak (14,017′), Mt Wilson (14,246′), and El Diente (14,159′) are located within the Wilderness. The domain of more experienced climbers, Mount Wilson and El Diente are connected by a famous knife-edged ridge and considered difficult ascents.

There will be a fully supported camp at the end of this full day hike. A Rocky Mountain BBQ will be provided. Bring your own beverages, trail snacks, and overnight camping equipment. A gear shuttle will be available from the trailhead to trails-end camp. Don’t want to hike? Join in the fun at the wrap party which will be located HERE. Please RSVP to Hawkeye HERE. Download the USGS topographic map for this area HERE.

Spring view looking south towards Lizard Head Peak. By Craig Stein.

Join The GoHawkeye Crew

Where: Wilson Mesa Trailhead (East)

When: Thursday, July 19, 2018. Meet at 7:00 AM. Hike at 8 AM.

Click on the image above to see a larger version of route map and elevation profile.

 


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