1.6 miles
7 ft
-787 ft
Avg time

Lizard Lake Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Season
    May - Oct
  • Global Ranking

Lizard Lake offers two advanced-technical rides: A 3-1/2 mile DH ride connecting two points on the Nebo Loop road, with 1500 vertical feet of descent. The second is a short loop from the Shram Creek trailhead, heading up and around Lizard Lake, then descending via the lower portion of the DH trail for 5.2 miles and 900 feet of climbing. Both rides require log-hopping skills for maximum enjoyment. For intermediate riders, there's the option of taking the upper portion of the Lizard Lake DH, but continuing downhill on the Shram Creek Trail.

The DH route below Lizard Lake is studded with fallen trees, many of them years old. Some are small enough to bang over, and some have cheater routes around them. There are plenty of eight-inch-plus logs that are a nice challenge. Ride what you can, step over the rest. This is the fun part -- see how many you can clear.

Access Info

Getting there: Going south, take the Payson exit 250 from I-15 and turn left. Head into Payson on U-115 to the traffic light, then turn left (100 North, U-19Cool . About 1/3 mile later, at the top of a small hill, turn right at 600 East. Zero your odometer here. Drive 9.1 miles up the Nebo Loop Road. (Pass the Grotto Trail and Bennie Creek Cutoff Trail.)

Loop parking, bottom of shuttle: As you approach a cattleguard, there's a dirt road on the right, signed for Winward Reservoir. Parking is at the wide area on your left. The Shram Creek trail starts about 150 feet down the dirt road, just across the cattleguard, on the left.

Top trailhead for DH ride: Continue uphill on the Nebo Loop Road about 5 miles. As you see the gravel Santaquin Canyon road splitting off ahead on your right, the Lizard Lake trail heads north (to your right) away from the road along the western side of the fenceline.

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More Stats for Lizard Lake mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -780 ft
  • Altitude min
    1.4 miles
  • Altitude max
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude end
    1.4 miles
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    244 ft
  • Distance down
    1.6 miles
  • Avg time
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on Sep 12, 2016
Very Dry
Avg: 3 (1 votes)

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Lizard Lake Trail Reports

Sep 12, 2016 @ 2:19pm
Sep 12, 2016
1st time in area. I did this as an uphill. Mostly old cow path in single track version. Some down trees but non the less great uphill. The trees...
Jul 23, 2016 @ 10:35pm
Jul 23, 2016
Still, many trees fallen across trail. Would make a fun downhill if not for the fallen trees.
Jun 3, 2016 @ 8:47am
Jun 3, 2016
Many Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. Lots of mud and cattle holes in the trail.
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Sep 28, 2010 @ 11:00am
Sep 28, 2010
Lizard Lake, Payson

1 Review & Comments

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flag sjk (Jun 3, 2016 at 8:50)
 Rode this trail last night, and it was a nightmare. we carried our bikes down a lot of the trail because there were fallen trees on the trail, and many mud holes. The cattle have also destroyed the trail. Not a fun ride right now.

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