2 miles
7 ft
-787 ft
Avg time
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Lizard Lake Details

  • Riding Area
    Payson Canyon
    Payson, Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Season
    May - Oct
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #34476 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -780 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,154 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,933 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,933 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,154 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    244 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on May 30, 2017
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Lizard Lake Trail Reports

      May 30, 2017 @ 10:09am
      May 30, 2017
      There were a lot of muddy sections with deep holes from horses. There were also a considerable amount of downed trees. I would wait a couple weeks...
      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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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 3 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      • 27 rides


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      May 30, 2017 @ 10:11am
      May 30, 2017
      Lizard Lake, Mapleton
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      Sep 28, 2010 @ 11:00am
      Sep 28, 2010
      Lizard Lake, Payson

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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.
      • + 1
      flag triggermouse (May 30, 2017 at 10:12)
       I tried to ride it uphill, but the muddy spots, deep holes made from horses and downed trees made it pretty miserable.

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