Sylvia and Lyons Lakes

Strawberry, California

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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.

Sylvia and Lyons Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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

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May 2018