Hike up through aspen and conifer forests, through meadows, sage bush and rocky ridges towards Lizard Head Peak. Immediately before the Peak, turn South and view volcanic looking soil and Sheep Mountain in the distance. Follow the Cross Mountain Trail back down to CO-145. A great hike especially in the early Fall when the gold aspen leaves are shimmering. Great views of Trout Lake on the first ascent.
Distance: 7.6-miles to Lizard Head Trailhead and back, but a more rewarding hike is setting a shuttle and coming down the Cross Mountain Trail for 9.45-miles, just shy of a full loop.
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,900-ft.
Time: 5 hours round trip if connecting with Cross Mountain Trail, and setting a shuttle with two vehicles.
From Telluride take CO-145 South, 18.5 miles to the Lizard Head Trail Head and Parking Area. This hike is most enjoyable by using two vehicles and setting a shuttle. The second car should be parked 2.25 miles further at the Cross Mountain Trailhead.