Lizard Peak rises in Sara Park to the south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It is officially un-named but is sometimes referred to as Lizard Peak because of a nearby lizard shaped geoglyph. The site referenced at the bottom of this page says that the geoglyph was created by Tim O’Connor and The Leaping Lizard Tribe. They apparently hand carried a picnic table to the top of the peak, hence the name Table-Top.
Well established trails climb the north and the south side of the mountain making it possible to go up one side and come down the other side. Beware that the trail on the north side has a small section that requires hand and foot climbing. The north trail also gives access to a short spur trail that goes to the lizard geoglyph (which is much better seen from the summit).
This hike can be combined with Crack in the Mountain
and Pilot Rock
Southeast face of Lizard Peak from Watershed Trail
From the intersection of Route 95 and McCulloch Blvd S at the south end of Lake Havasu City, turn southwest on McCulloch Blvd S and drive 3/4of a mile to the parking area on the right.
Low Point Elevation:
2.70 miles loop, up one side down the other
While the north and south trails were well established, I did not see any signs. There seemed to be trails/beaten paths going in every direction. To avoid confusion, I looked at satellite photos, chose my path and entered it into my GPS. See map.
From trailhead, follow the Yellow Trail for “Crack in the Mountain” for 0.6 miles then turn right onto the trail that will take you up the northern slopes of Lizard Peak. The east wall of the peak will be visible directly above.
East wall of Lizard Peak
A spur trail will lead you to the Lizard Geoglyph.
Ground view of the Lizard Geoglyph
After returning to the main trail, you will soon reach an area that requires hand and foot climbing. There were at least 2 steps each roughly 5-6 ft tall.
A short section that requires climbing
After reaching the saddle with Point 1374 ft, the trail turns south and takes you up the northern slopes of the peak to it summit.
The south trail branches off of the Yellow Trail 0.75 miles after trailhead. It is a walk-up. Views from the south trail.
The summit of Lizard Peak
Views from the Summit:
|Zoomed view of the Lizard Geoglyph |
|Picnic table on the summit
|Crossman Peak & Lake Havasu City |
|Lake Havasu City
|Lake Havasu & Chemehuevi Mountain |
|Looking S/SW |
When to Climb
Late fall, winter and early spring is the best time to climb. Summer can be dangerously hot.