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Wilson Meadows #512

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A meadow nuzzled inside a shallow valley beneath the shadows of Lizard Head, and unmatched in the way of views.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

Point to Point

10,921' 3,329 m

High

10,615' 3,236 m

Low

17' 5 m

Up

317' 96 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Wilson Meadow provides a beautiful backdrop to a night under the stars, but be sure to follow all Lizard Head Wilderness regulations.

Description

The quickest approach to Wilson Meadows comes by way of the Lizard Head Trail #505 from Lizard Head Pass. 1.9 miles from the trailhead, just after summiting the switchbacks beside Black Face, a trail marker offers a choice between the Black Face traverse to Lizard Head, or Wilson Meadow. Turn right here.

Keeping to the forest over the first half mile, the Wilson Meadows Trail soon comes to a clay shoulder, and the route plods down the gravelly spine. Inching closer, the woods come and go, but the meadow stays hidden until its final reveal.

While neither Wilson Peak nor Mount Wilson can been seen at any point, the meadow, along with the two summits, are actually named after A.D. Wilson, a climber and cartographer who was in the first party to summit Colorado’s Mount Wilson in 1874.

A mere mile from the fork, the trail spills from the forest at the southern edge of Wilson Meadow, which surrounds the bulk of the short-lived Wilson Creek. Lizard Head stands prominent to the west, Sunshine and San Bernardo Mountains to the north.

Flora & Fauna

Much of the trail travels through coniferous pines before the route opens up at Wilson Meadow. The meadow is a popular spot for birding.

The waters of Wilson Creek bring wildlife, including deer, elk, and bear, out of the forest. Always observe them from a distance.

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Caroline Cordsen

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Nov 19, 2020
Emily B
Jul 21, 2019
Julie Ludwig
Beautiful and not too hard! Had the views all to ourselves. First mountain pass! Saw snow! 1mi