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Lizard Head

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About Lizard Head:

Lizard Head, the peak (13,113 feet), stands spirelike on the eastern side of Lizard Head, the Wilderness, shadowed by both Mount Wilson and Wilson Peak, two of Colorado's fourteeners that incongruously bear the same name. Not far to the west, you'll find El Diente (or the tooth, in English), the westernmost of the state's 14,000-foot peaks. The province of more experienced climbers, Mount Wilson and El Diente are connected by a famous knife-edged ridge and considered difficult ascents. The summit of Lizard Head, a 400-foot-tall tower of rotten rock, has been voted Colorado's most dangerous and difficult climb by many mountaineers. It's either described as a choss pile or a classic climb. Ascent is not recommended. Dolores Peak (13,290 feet) stands in the most western portion, just as the San Juan Mountains fade into the dry canyon country of the Colorado Plateau.
Nearest town or city: Telluride
Directions: Drive north on HWY 145 toward Telluride. You'll see Lizard Head before you reach the top of the pass. The pullout is on the left. It's a popular day-use area, but you can hike a ways up on the obvious road/trail to camp.
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Camping: Free
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