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Lizard Rock, AZ

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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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Trips 592 map ( 4,584 miles )
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Trips 54 map (290 Miles)
Age 38 Female Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred May, Sep, Oct, Aug
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:46am - 6:23pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
🔥 2002 Bullock46.8 mi*
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Ride The Lizard
by keepmoving & michellancholy

From specific 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 ridgeline. 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. You will reach the top in no time at all, where you will be afforded great views of Tucson and the Mt Lemmon Highway.

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     Permit $$
    Visit overview & permits.
    2022 - FAQ
    $8 per vehicle per day
    $10 per vehicle per week
    $40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

    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.

    2022 Catalina State Park
    Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
    Individual/bicycle: $3.00

    2022 Sabino Canyon Tram is $15 extra. [ website ]

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

    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.
    page created by keepmoving on Nov 18 2010 11:21 pm

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