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Lizard Rock, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Tucson N
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,992 feet
Elevation Gain 304 feet
Accumulated Gain 339 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 45 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 2.3
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack No
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7  2019-08-05
Catalina Peaks
6  2018-06-24 fricknaley
Author keepmoving
author avatar Guides 34
Routes 205
Photos 1,838
Trips 516 map ( 3,826 miles )
Age 33 Male Gender
Location Portland, OR
Co-Author michellancholy
co-author avatarGuides 1
Routes 0
Photos 0
Trips 54 map (290 Miles)
Age 34 Female Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Aug
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:06am - 6:30pm
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Ride The Lizard
by keepmoving & michellancholy

Likely In-Season!
From certain vantage points on Mt Lemmon, you can see Lizard Rock, an iguana shaped rock near Windy Point. This is a nice quick hike to the top of Lizard Rock where you will be treated to fantastic views of the Tucson area; from the Rincons to Baboquivari Peak. Although no official trail exists, the area sees frequent traffic, as evident by the various use trails that wind their way to the top.

From the parking pullout get out of your vehicle and head west. While your destination is hidden from view at this point, your goal is to pick one of the use trails, or a drainage, and begin to work your way up the ridge line. Make sure to stay towards the middle of the ridge, as this is the easiest path to the top. The hike through this area is composed of loose sand and rock that can make the footing a little tricky.

After scrambling through the trees for several minutes you will come out on a rocky expanse with great views to the left, right, and behind you. Be careful as you continue to work your way along the ridge towards the summit; as the drop offs become more dramatic as you near the end. In no time at all you will reach the top, where you will be afforded great views of Tucson and the Mt Lemmon Highway.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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we had been looking at lizard rock all day and Sierra wanted to climb it. we went at sunset. i will just make it simple by saying, i will take this memory to the grave. magical little hike with my girl.

i probably have a new favorite little summit up high too.

she was fired up afterwards so went went and climbed around on Sykes Knob/Inspiration Rock in the dark and watched the stars come out
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Started driving up the Catalina Highway after work, hoping to play in the pines before the coming rain arrived. I can see Lizard Rock from work, and it appeared worthy of a visit this evening. Within 10 minutes of hiking I was standing atop Lizard at dusk, admiring the 360 view from on high. I had retreated and started walking the highway by the time the first showers hit. Time to head for home.
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I went up to the top for Sunrise on 7/3 and for a dark night 7/6-7/7 - even though the highway is close and you can see/hear it this is a pretty cool place to hang out - great views and nice rocky top - surprised(/happy) that I have not seen anyone else in three trips with hours on top I have not seen anyone else...
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Hiked up to catch the Sunset and the Moonrise - this is a very short hike - the rocky top of the formation has some great views and I was thrilled that there was not any trash up on the top (considering how close to the highway it is) - great small diversion, note the trail we used to go up was sandy/rocky...


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There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day use sites.

Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

Coronado Forest
MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Tucson, take Catalina Highway and drive past Windy Point. Shortly before milepost 16 there are two unmarked pullouts on your left and right. Park at either pullout.
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