dogs on leash
off road driving
I've hiked out of the Crabtree Trailhead a few times, typically following the Crabtree trail east to Gem, Jewelry and Deer lakes and crossing down to a parallel trail to the south (trailhead at the Pine Valley horse camp) for the return trip, usually camping at Grouse Lake the last night before hiking out. I don't recommend the reverse journey, as there is a pretty long ascent from Grouse lake to the upper Lakes without many water sources.
Deer lake is absolutely stunning.
Mosquitoes can be pretty gnarly early in the summer, though they typically fall off pretty dramatically late in the season.
Also, if taking the lower trail back out to Crabtree (heading west), the "official" trail back has you climb 500ft in less than a mile - there is a much easier (though slightly longer) way back if you keep heading towards the Pine Valley horse hamp.
Barry B. on Lyons Dam
I parked up at Lyons Rd, right by the dam.
Rode south to the bottom then back up to the dam. Then rode across the damn wall and around the dam, approximately 4 miles.
The first part of the ride going south is very easy and on a fire road. Going around the lake there are some ups and downs and rocks as well as smooth fire road. All in all it is an easy to moderate ride.
Total trip was about 15.5 miles, done in approximately 2 1/2 hours at and average speed of 8 mph. The ride is mostly shady and had easy access to the creek and lake.
Awesome trail, beautiful scenery. Not too hard, my 6 year old got pretty tired but still had a great time. Nice places to stop and take a break for lunch and swimming. Took our dog, he had a great time as well. I had not been hiking here since high school, but we'll be coming more often for sure!