Lizard Head Trail

Popo Agie Wilderness Area, Wyoming

Distance4.8mi
Elevation Gain2,486ft
Trailhead Elevation11,520ft
Top11,859ft
Elevation Min/Max10598/11859ft
Elevation Start/End11520/11520ft

Lizard Head Trail

Lizard Head Trail is a hiking trail in Fremont County, Wyoming. It is within Popo Agie Wilderness Area. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 11,520 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,486 feet. This trail connects with the following: Bears Ears Trail.

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9/5/2011
Just finished this trial today. We did Big Sandy to Lonesome Lake then back. It is a tuff trail the views are amazing. It was hard but totally worth the tuff trail. My only complaint is the trial is not marked very well and it is easy to get lost. Also camping far away from the lakes is kind of a pain. This is not for the novice hiker defiantly a challenge but totally worth it..
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7/26/2009
This is an awesome trip. We did Sandy Trail to Lizard Head Meadows to Valentine Lake to Grave Lake to Skunk Lake route.. Views are spectacular. Some challenging sections and steep ascents. Lizard Head trail from LH Meadows to Valentine is totally exposed so watch for weather.
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7/25/2009
Incredible hike with breathtaking scenery! We hiked the loop counterclockwise in 6 days. We spent the night of 7/29 at Lonesome Lake with numerous hailstorms and snow! The wildflowers were amazing and the passes were fantastic. The only downside was the number of people at Bear Lakes and Big Sandy Lake.
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7/12/2009
Breathtaking – both in terms of scenery and physical demands. Four of us spent 7 days and 6 nights completing a counterclockwise circuit that included Cirque of the Towers, Lixard Head Meadows, and Washaki Pass. The first day we drove from Pinedale to Big Sandy Campground. We departed the trailhead at about 11am and arrived at Big Sandy Lake at about 4pm. No land speed records - however, we did leave sea level less than 48 hours earlier. The second day we broke camp at about 10:30 and headed for Jackass Pass. The climb was strenuous and interesting. We boulder hopped next to Arrowhead lake and reached the pass by 3pm. The view of Lonesome Lake and Cirque of the Towers is one of the best I have experienced in 35 years of backpacking. We traveled cross country for about ½ mile and found an awesome campsite under the cliffs of the cirque, near a beautiful waterfall. This site will be hard to top! We left the Cirque about 2pm and made it to Bear Lake about 6pm. There, we spent the evening under the watchful eye of Lizard Head. The next morning we hiked up to Lizard Head Meadow. The meadow is about 5 miles long and contained long snowfields and expansive views of August 16th peak and the glacier below. We arrived at upper Valentine lake about 5pm and found another awesome campsite. From there we descended to the South Fork of the Little Wind River and up again to camp at a small tarn below Washaki Pass. Did I mention that the mosquitos were awful ( be sure the bring head nets and lots of DEET). The pass was snow covered. The climb up from the tarn and across the pass took less than 2 hours - we were finally acclimated. From there, we descended through bolder fields and past even more spectacular cliffs to Marms Lake. We found an established campsite not far from the trail. overlooking the lake. If you’re keeping score we were 6 for 6 on great campsites. The following day was 7.2 miles back to Big Sandy Trailhead. What a great trip!
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9/21/2008
Absolutely incredible trip. Stayed at Big Sandy Lodge first night and hit the trail at Big Sandy trailhead for the 40 mile loop, camping at Lonesome Lake, Washakie Lake and Marms Lake - all top rated campsites. This late date subjects you to some weather, but you get no bugs, no heat and no people when you go this late in the year. We usually get at least one heavy snow on these late trips, but on this one we only got a few flakes, except on Haleys Pass, where is was a full blown blizzard for the whole climb. We spent three nights/four days of incredible scenery - would take five days next time, to 'enjoy the flowers' a little bit more. You could actually spend up to ten days, with several great side trips. Three big climbs on the main route - just take your time on the switchbacks. Not for the faint of heart, but then again we were four '50 something' guys from the flatlands of Mississippi. This is alpine backpacking at it's best.
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8/19/2008
We completed this route from 8/11 - 8/16 2008. In a word -- stunning. We have backpacked a number of nearby places (Glacier NP, Collegiate Peaks, Tetons) and this part of the Winds was amazing. It was pretty difficult for an experienced group of backpackers and the crossing of Jackass Pass and Haley's are challenging, but in different ways. Jackass Pass had a lot of scrambling and rock hopping and Haley's was just a lung burner straight up. Oh, and the comment in the guide about snowing any time is accurate. We awoke on 8/15 to snow and ended up in a snowstorm going over Haley's Pass - probably a foot or more. Made route finding more challenging and treacherous, but it was beautiful. Make sure you pack accordingly. Hopefully will post photos soon.
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9/25/2007
Fabulous trail, but beware of quickly changing autumn weather; we found ourselves in several feet of snow one morning. Also, from Big Sandy Lake to Valentine Lake it may be *extremely* windy, especially at night. Be sure to bring a tent you trust and stake it down well! As a side trip, Pyramid lake should not be missed, and Shadow Lake is a wonderful campsite.
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8/3/2004
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Trail Information

Popo Agie Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Popo Agie Wilderness Area
Parks
USGS Mount Bonneville, Lizard Head Peak, Dickinson Park, Big Sandy Opening, Temple Peak; Earthwalk Press Southern Wind River Range
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