Road trip hike: Lizard Rock 

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Lizard Rock, almost an hour drive from Colorado Springs, is definitely worth the travel time. Not only is this 6-mile round-trip mostly moderate in difficulty, with just a couple of more difficult sections, it's also near a lot of other trails in the Pike National Forest and nearby Lost Creek Wilderness. The hike is pretty simple to follow and, if you have a sharp eye, you'll see the "Lizard" in the rocks.

To get there: Take US Highway 24 from 31st Street in Colorado Springs to County Road 77, just past Lake George (approximately 35 1/2 miles). Turn right and continue north for about 13 miles, and look for the Spruce Grove Campground on the right, just past the small community of Tarryall. Park in the dirt lot outside the campground gate (there's no parking for hikers in the campground). Walk past the gate and then turn right at the beginning of the campground loop. The trail starts just over the bridge, behind the pit toilets. All distances in this slideshow are measured from the parking lot.
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Bob Falcone
Immediately after crossing the bridge from the campground, a sign points you in the right direction. The trail goes under a large boulder that's propped up against another one, then continues generally north.
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The trail goes around some private property, and has really nice views of the Tarryall Mountains. If you bring your dog on this hike, I suggest keeping it leashed whenever the houses are in-sight.
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There are no turns to make on this hike until near the end, but this unmarked fork at about .85 miles can be confusing. Keep to the left.
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You know you're on the right trail when you see this sign shortly after the fork.
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If you have a sharp eye, you'll be able to see the "lizard", visible in this photo
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The trail winds over some rolling hills. Ignore the social trails that cut off from the main trail and stay on the wide trail that heads generally north. The trail then goes through a grove of aspens and then it rises through some switchbacks until cresting a saddle at about 2.75 miles. At the saddle, turn left at the fork, and follow the trail as it runs along the north side of the Lizard Rock.
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Follow the trail along the rock formation until you're near the west end of it, where you can hop onto a broad flat rock. The "Lizard" is the pile of large rocks to the east, as seen in this photo
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There are 360 degree views from the rock formation, including this view to the south-west. Badger Mountain is the large mountain in the right-center of the photo.
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The view to the northwest from Lizard Rock.
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The hike, starting and ending at the bottom of this map.
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Immediately after crossing the bridge from the campground, a sign points you in the right direction. The trail goes under a large boulder that's propped up against another one, then continues generally north.

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