Not in favor with rock climbers, a bit too far from the road for a picnic, no official trail and too short to ever brag about reaching the top – all of this, plus a great rocky area on top, are what make this a fun adventure! A short – but steep/loose/sandy – off-trail hike up will take you up to views that any fan of the Santa Catalina Mountain will love, a great spot when you have time to relax and linger, perhaps bring your camera and a book…
- Out and Back
- 0.5 miles
- 300' Elevation Gain
- 300' Elevation Loss
- Highest Elevation: 7,300'
- Lowest Elevation: 7,000'
- Fee: No
- Dogs: Yes
- Bikes: Yes (Most of Lizard Rock is not in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness - however because this is short/off-trail and doesn't connect to other trails this is not suggested for bikes.)
- Off-trail hiking in the Santa Catalina Mountains can be hazardous and challenging - make sure you understand the skills you need to stay safe, be cautious and know your limits!
- Lizard Rock is split by the boundary of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness - motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness.
- 29.6 miles from Speedway and Campbell
- 55 Minutes from Speedway and Campbell
- Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!)
Driving Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson - Lizard Rock Parking Pullout:
- Drive East on Speedway (5.0 miles)
- Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles)
- Left on Catalina Highway (20.2 miles)
- The pullout is located on the down mountain side of the highway - if traveling up-mountain the pullout is just after two road cuts (left then right).