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Cross Mountain Trail

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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  • Cross Mountain Trailhead near Lizard Head Pass.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • The start of the Cross Mountain Trail.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Meadows along the trail.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Beautiful views all along the trail.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Entering Lizard Head Wilderness.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Cross Mountain Trail.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Hiking to the base of Lizard Head Peak.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Cross Mountain from the trail.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Lizard Head Peak is the icon of this adventure.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Wildflowers along the trail.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • The views to the east going down the trail are excellent too!- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Lizard Head Peak.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Views from the Cross Mountain Trail.- Cross Mountain Trail
  • Wet meadow at the bottom of the trail.- Cross Mountain Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views. Moderate grade. Wildflowers in mid-summer.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Juan Mountains, CO
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
11,940.00 ft (3,639.31 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
June 01
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Total Distance: 
6.60 mi (10.62 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,900.00 ft (579.12 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
9,990.00 ft (3,044.95 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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When talking to the volunteers at the national forest information center in Rico, the most highly-recommended hike was the Cross Mountain Trail to the base of Lizard Head Peak. This hike has great views, a reasonable climb, and lots of wildflowers in July. Much of the hike is through the Lizard Head Wilderness, and bikes are not allowed.

The trailhead for this hike is just a few miles south of Lizard Head Pass, and there is an ample parking area with vault toilets. The trail meanders through meadows and conifers with increasingly beautiful views of Mount Wilson, Cross Mountain, and the uniquely-shaped spire of Lizard Head Peak up ahead. The trail ends at the junction with Lizard Head Trail, but the best views are from the top of the saddle about a half mile from the end. The hike back down presents another vista to the east of Sheep Mountain and San Miguel Peak.

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