Lyons Ranch Loop

Orick, California

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When fog drapes the lowlands, the 2,000-foot higher Bald Hills offer a reasonable hope of leaving the gloom behind in exchange for clear and sunny skies. The Lyons Ranch Trail follows the course of old roads back into history, when three generations of the Lyons family raised sheep on broad patches of lush prairie grasses. A less than 2-mile hike leads to Home Place, where the main Lyons home once stood. Only a barn and a couple of bunkhouses remain, along with a sheep shed a couple of miles away. History is not the only draw here, as widespread views of the Redwood Canyon Watershed and surrounding terrain provide stunning scenery. About as far away as you could get from the major tourists centers of the park, the Lyons Ranch Loop has a decidedly remote feel.

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"When fog drapes the lowlands, the 2,000-foot higher Bald Hills offer a reasonable hope of leaving the gloom behind in exchange for clear and sunny skies. The Lyons Ranch Trail follows the course of old roads back into history, when three generations of the Lyons family raised sheep on broad patches of lush prairie grasses. A less than 2-mile hike leads to Home Place, where the main Lyons home once stood. Only a barn and a couple of bunkhouses remain, along with a sheep shed a couple of miles away. History is not the only draw here, as widespread views of the Redwood Canyon Watershed and surrounding terrain provide stunning scenery. About as far away as you could get from the major tourists centers of the park, the Lyons Ranch Loop has a decidedly remote feel."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Orick
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2–4 hours
Season: This hike can be done at any time of the year, except in the winter when the Bald Hills are occasionally covered with snow. Spring offers vibrantly colored wildflowers, but it is also when ticks are most common. Summers up on the exposed Bald Hills can be hot, and views of the lower valleys are ofte
Local Contacts: Redwood National Park

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