Sylvia and Lyons Lakes

Strawberry, California 95375

Sylvia and Lyons Lakes

Sylvia and Lyons Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"At the end of Lyons Creek Trail, the Desolation Wilderness yields up two of its most beautiful tarns. Sylvia Lake sits beneath hidden Pyramid Peak and makes a great staging spot for a climb to the summit.

The rewarding climb to Lyons Lake brings you face-to-face with magnificent beauty—from the flowers at your feet to the towering trees growing out of the sheer granite walls. This moderate hike offers wildflowers, lakes, and gentle streamside pools for hikers’ pleasure."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"This hike takes you along the waters of Lyons Creek to some of the most beautiful territory in Desolation Wilderness: the Crystal Range and Pyramid Peak, and also Lyons Lake. You must obtain a permit for this hike. Call Eldorado National Forest Information Center for more information. A short, cross-country hike leads to solitude at Noelle and Mozelle Lakes." Read more

Sylvia and Lyons Lakes Reviews

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7/23/2018
My daughter and I did this hike two days ago. Beautiful trail from start to finish. Lots of wildflowers were still showing. There were a few other people but not bad. The last stretch up to the lake was strenuous but not too bad. Lake is at 8600 feet so factor that in. The water was very comfortable temperature so perfect for cooling off after the climb. I think the whole hike is around 11 miles but we did a little extra so around 13 miles. This is about as pretty as it gets. A few bothersome horse flies and mosquitoes but not enough to worry about and only at the lower elevation. Can’t believe I hadn’t tried this one earlier.
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6/22/2013
6/22 Lyons Creek Trail: to sylvia and lyons lakes Desolation Wilderness level 3, 12 miles, 1300 elev gain, highest at 8000' http://www.trails.com/trailguide.aspx?trailid=HGS551-024 http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS164-007 http://books.google.com/books?id=6Xf6nTQukLcC&pg=PA154&lpg=PA154&dq=Sylvia+and+Lyons+Lakes+Complete+Trail+Guide&source=bl&ots=2zRamn4Hq0&sig=tgsqiSF25xt_UBAmdqhyLm39SMg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wwC1UY-LLIPRiwL9n4GQCg&ved=0CEkQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=Sylvia%20and%20Lyons%20Lakes%20Complete%20Trail%20Guide&f=false shortened this hike just to the delsolation sign - nice gradual incline and the trail was pretty good - quite a few other people out there today. OODLES mosquitoes! Very pretty day
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7/22/2012
Beautiful hike in on Lyon's Creek Trail. More wildflowers than ever! BUT the worst mosquitos I've ever encountered. Even covering with DEET was futile. Got to Lake Sylvia turned around and went home. I'd let this place dry out a little more before spending the night.
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11/15/2011
I am interested in returning to this hike in the summer. We came late fall and snow was sparse but enough for rocks to be icy. We only made it about 4 miles in begins it was difficult to navigate over the icy rocks. I will be back this summer.
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8/2/2010
Nice, relaxing trail - Incredible and peaceful journey to Lyons Lake.
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9/9/2001
After a weekend at the Lost Coast in Northern California, it was nice to have a trail without much ascent. The trail was dusty, but ended at a small beautiful lake perfect for bathing and fishing. The lake was full of wild brookies. We went on a weekend and there wasn't anyone at the lower lake. More people were up at Lyons Lake, another steep mile up a previous trail. It was a great two night hike and a short drive from the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Trail Information

Strawberry
Nearby City
12
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
6 hours
Duration
Depends on snow; permits required for day hiking and overnight camping.
Season
6,730 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
US Forest Service, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 530-543-2674, tinyurl.com/taylorcreekvisitorcenter
Local Contacts
Desolation Wilderness (Wilderness Press)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018