This trail was established in 1982 by Tim O’Connor and the Leaping Lizard Tribe who hand-carried the table to the top and built up the grade all the way along with Army shovels. Tim also developed the huge rock lizard visible from the top of Lizard Peek Trail.
Enjoy a snack on a picnic table at the top of Lizard Peek trail with a 360° panoramic view of the Lake Havasu area from an elevation of 1,370 feet above sea level. Look for the 80-foot-long lizard geoglyph below on your way up.
Directions to Trailhead
Drive south on Hwy 95 to McCulloch Blvd (mile post 177). Turn right and travel ¾ mile to the parking lot in SARA Park on the right (elev 860 ft).
Trail Route Instructions
- Go through the gate and walk down into the wash (yellow trail). Shortly after the .4 mile marker is a dark round rock on the left, 5 feet in diameter, and a bushy Palo Verde tree on the right. (Behind the tree is a short path to the Red Rock Grotto.)
- Continuing down the main wash about 60 feet is a big rock on the right (elev 765 ft). Behind it, the trail leads up the mountain to a saddle (elev 1190 ft). Start up the trail. (Look for a short spur trail to the right if you would like to see the lizard geoglyph up close.)
- As you continue up the trail, there is one difficult section which requires climbing up over a couple of ledges (elev 1120 ft).
- At the saddle, go left up a steep trail to the picnic table above (elev 1370 ft).
- Return down the switchbacks on the other side of the table, cross over a low rock wall, and continue left down the mountain on the main trail until it forks.
- The left fork goes down the hill to the yellow trail not far from where you started up.
Arizona Hiking Safety
The rugged beauty of the Lake Havasu City area, just down the Colorado River from the Grand Canyon, makes a lasting impression. But the desert can be hazardous. Many trails are unmarked and infrequently traveled. Please consider these suggestions to make the most of your adventure:
- Avoid hiking during the summer, approximately June 15 to September 15, when daytime temperatures can reach 120° or more.
- Do not hike in washes when heavy rainfall is anticipated to avoid the threat of flash floods.
- Always take plenty of water; plan to carry at least one quart of water for every four hours you hike in direct sunlight.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses with UV-protection, and sunscreen.
- Print off a copy of the trail map from this webpage and carry it with you if the route is unfamiliar.
- Wear sturdy, thick-soled shoes and use a hiking stick if you easily lose your balance.
- Never hike alone and always let a responsible person know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Plan to leave on your hike early in the day to avoid the risk of being lost on the trail after dark.
- Travel light; the less you carry the more you will enjoy the hike.
- Leave nothing behind. We want our trails to remain beautiful for your return!
* Aesthetic rating: The more diamonds, the more desirable the trail the in terms of remoteness, natural features and scenic beauty