Lizard Lake Details
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.
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-19 . 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 min7,154 ft
Altitude max7,933 ft
Altitude start7,933 ft
Altitude end7,154 ft
Distance climb244 ft
Distance down2 miles
Avg reverse time00:51:30
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Lizard Lake Trail Reports
May 30, 2017 @ 10:09amMay 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 @ 2:19pmSep 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 @ 10:35pmJul 23, 2016
|Still, many trees fallen across trail. Would make a fun downhill if not for the fallen trees.|
Jun 3, 2016 @ 8:47amJun 3, 2016
|Many Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. Lots of mud and cattle holes in the trail.|