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This summit trail takes you to the top of a peak at the foot of some even larger mountains for some epic alpine views.


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Map Key

9.1

Miles

14.6

KM

Out and Back

12,622' 3,847 m

High

10,029' 3,057 m

Low

2,676' 816 m

Up

2,675' 815 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

The trail isn't super challenging and it offers some cool views along the way to the summit, but the views from the summit itself are exceptional as you're looking up at Mt. Wilson, Wilson Peak, Gladstone and Lizard Head in the foreground, and colossal peaks further in the background all around you.

Description

Start from the Cross Mountain trailhead. Hike in a meadow for a little while before entering a nice pine forest. Gain elevation here for awhile before reaching a junction below Lizard Head Peak. Keep left at the junction, you're now on the Lizard Head trail. Follow this until you see a tall piece of wood that looks like the best place to start making your way to Cross Mountain.

There is a faint trail in some places, but mostly just choose your best route up until you see a bit of a more defined trail that goes horizontally under some rock. Go on this and then ascend wherever feels most comfortable to you. It's pretty loose here. Choose your steps wisely. Helmets aren't a bad idea but otherwise just be careful. This is a short section of Class 2+ or low Class 3.

After you're over the loose stuff, just continue on up until you gain the ridge. Follow the ridge for a little ways and you'll reach the Cross Mountain summit at 12,703 feet. The summit is awesome because you're so close to the giants of Mt. Wilson and Gladstone Peak, you also have a great view of Lizard Head behind you. This is a fantastic place to marvel at mountains.

Whenever you are ready, go ahead and follow your ascent trail back down until you make it back to your car. Or you can follow the Lizard Head Loop.

Either way, you'll have a great time out there!

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Ashley Peterson

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Photos

Looking across the valley to Mt. Wilson, El Diente, and Wilson Peak from Cross Mountain Trail #637.
Jul 26, 2016 near Mountai…, CO
Walking the ridge towards the summit.
Oct 31, 2023 near Mountai…, CO
Climbing up to the Cross Mountain ridge.
Oct 31, 2023 near Mountai…, CO
Looking toward the ridgeline descent on the Cross Mountain Trail #637.
Jul 26, 2016 near Mountai…, CO
Getting close to the turn-off for Cross Mountain Summit.
Oct 31, 2023 near Mountai…, CO
Basin below Lizard Head Trail.
Oct 31, 2023 near Mountai…, CO

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