Features: Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: No Dogs
If the sun isn't too hot, this gravelly doubletrack provides a nice, open run surrounded by hillside views.
From the small parking area, the Lyons Ranch Trail heads down a rounded, grassy ridgeline. You might see the Pacific from near the top. Pretty soon, there's a split in the trail, so keep left to stay on the doubletrack that gradually descends to the south.
Ahead, the Coyote Creek Bike Trail
connects from the left just before the trail heads into a small grove of trees. On the other side, continue descending around the knoll to reach an old barn and bunkhouse. Along the whole trail, the surrounding wooded hills contrast the exposed slopes while providing a beautiful backdrop.
The open, grassy hills in the area have a long history of human influence. For thousands of years, the Chilula, Hupa, and Yurok Indians burned back the oak woodlands to encourage grasses, acorns, and berries to flourish. These useful plants supplied food and the materials to fashion baskets, string, and netting.
More recently, as settlers began to inhabit the area, they found the open hillsides to provide a productive spot for sheep ranching. Jonathan Lyons, who married Hupa Indian, Amelia Misket, continued many of her family's practices to support his ranching operation.