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hiking
7 days ago

The first 4.5 mile was between easy and normal. However, the last 0.5 mile was hard. It took us 30-45 min to compete last 0.5 mile. The Lions Lakes is a reward ! we swam and took a nap before return. 6 hour to compete + 1.5 for photo, swimming and napping.

hiking
17 days ago

The hike is mis-rated as "hard". It's an easy hike for experienced hikers/backpackers. For the less experienced day hike crowd it's a moderate hike. I absolutely loved the scenery. The show stopper though is when you reach the top of the trail there's a sharp turn that unveils the lake. Simply breathtaking. Stopped me in my tracks.

With that said, if you're not partial to rocky trails and lots of loose rock and gravel, this is not the trail for you.

on Lyons Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike but definitely moderate not hard. In addition to the lakes the meadows and wild flowers through the first few miles are beautiful. Start early!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Trail is now dry so no more slop (as of July 7). I think it's a very different hike when wet vs. dry - would rate this "moderate" vs "hard" during dry season, although the last half-mile up to Lyons is pretty steep.

Lots of wildflowers and super pretty right now!

This trial has everything you could ask for! From stunning views, a vast array of flowers, swimming holes in the creek, great rock climbing spots and of course Lyons lake itself!!

I have been to most lakes in desolation and have a couple favorites this one being top 3!! The last mile or so was a bit tough but you get the awesome waterfall views and mountain backdrop that make it an easier ride! Have fun out there !!

Nice relatively easy trail to a nice waterfall. Pretty much impossible to get lost as you follow a road /fire road the entire way. Hardly any shade. We only met one other person on trail. This is the hike if you want to be away from the crowds.

backpacking
1 month ago

Went there on 06/23 on backpacking. Pretty easy hike. but the place is infested with mosquitoes and no one will be spared even if you use repellent spray and face net. Throughout the hike a colony of them will surround you and protect you from other insects. Couldn't stay outside of the tent for long.. Though the hike is pleasurable couldn't enjoy cause of the mosquito menace ...

First 20 minutes were brutal, tons of mosquitoes. It gets better though, hang in there. Try not to stop. Hobler lake is beautiful and very peaceful. Not too much to see on the way, most of the time you are walking trough forest with no view. But the forest itself is beautiful.

The drive up to the trailhead is gorgeous!

Just went up on Monday and the trail was beautiful. The last mile there were a significant amount of fallen trees blocking the trail so make sure you pay close attention and do not go off trail. The water level in the lake was pretty low, but still offered a beautiful sight. I would recommend it for the beauty, but not for the fishing.

camping
2 months ago

The hike was absolutely beautiful! My group and I hammock camped near the river and had a fantastic time! Be wary of the poison oak, which is bountiful.

backpacking
2 months ago

Conditions as of 5/23/2018: super duper soupy. And are established trails always this poorly marked around here? Or maybe their just more obvious when they’re not flooded. No worries; hard to get truly lost in that area anyhow.

I got good and wet on my way to Sylvia, spent a day drying out and soaking in the beautiful landscape, then decided to summit Pyramid from the West, starting just north of (not next to) Sylvia. That was fun. But FYI the slop starts very early into Lyons from parking. If you’re thinking “maybe it’s just this area; it’ll get better” then you’re very sadly mistaken. The Lyons trail is essentially a babbling brook all the way through. Even the trails side-stepping the regular “trail” were much soggier today than they were on my way in 2 days ago. I was wearing old beat-up Saucony Peregrine trail shoes with microspikes for the summit. My feet were totally soaked and freezing from start to finish every day. lol - somehow, having that whole beautiful place to myself made up for it.

Summary: look elsewhere until things dry out a bit, or just come prepared for ankle-shin deep slogs all the way to the remaining snow pack.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail conditions: 5/13/18

Trail is wet and sloppy from melt off with patches of snow below 7,700 ft (full coverage above). There are also a few downed trees blocking the trail.

0-3 miles: Wet and sloppy, with some small patches of snow.
3-4 miles: Larger patches of snow. Easy to lose trail if not paying attention.
4.5 miles: Trail completely covered by snow.

Overall the trail to Sylvia is doable, but the last 2 miles are slow going. Also, make sure to wear waterproof boots!

hiking
4 months ago

Be sure to check yourself and pets, lots of ticks.

hiking
5 months ago

This place is like the veins of the earth. There are places to explore and swim here where no other humans have ever trodden. Some of the most beautiful scenery and peaceful feelings you will ever experience.

backpacking
5 months ago

I would like to backpack this trail. I am looking for some pointers as far as where the trailhead is for this 20 mile trail and where we would be allowed to camp? Can anyone help me out?

backpacking
5 months ago

Can feel like one long slog. Best as an overnight backpack. Have used the route to Sylvia several times over the past 20 years as a tuneup for long high altitude climb approaches. Dog poop can be problematic so watch your step.

It was sickkkkkkkk bring a rain jacket though if done in winter

hiking
9 months ago

Nice day hike not too far from Sacramento. Easy grade throughout the hike, until just before reaching Lyons Lake. The trail up to the lake is steep but short and the lake was spectacular. We had the trail to ourselves for the entire ten mile out and back in mid week in early October. This trail appears like it would be pretty soupy early in the season, so one probably more enjoyable for most later in the season.

on South Yuba Trail

9 months ago

Certain areas of the trail have rocks so need to be careful, but its a beautiful trail with awesome views.

E xxx cellent hike!

nice track! stay to the left of Lyons creek as you approach the saddle.

hiking
10 months ago

Lyons lake was super pretty!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike along a river. In September all the snow has melted and there were still wildflowers and plenty of water in the creeks and river. Lyons Lake is beautiful and worth the climb up the rocky hillside.

walking
11 months ago

Love this hike, but no longer have a hiking buddy. Anyone interested!? I am a beginner hiker willing to get back to it and get healthier!! Thanks

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Great hike! Flowers in full bloom. Just a tiny bit of snow left.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beautiful Hike!

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Super dog friendly with plenty of water for them the whole way there. My destination was Mount Price but you soon see that the huge rocks and scrambling isn't ideal for them. Its cold in the morning. Like 38 degrees cold. I went as far into the valley from Lyons Lake and needed my sweatshirt again. This was at 12 pm. I started my hike around 8 am. So it did take my dog and I a while but it was worth it. If you want to fully enjoy this whole area give yourself 8 hours.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Hard to go back up, pretty rocky, moderate hike. Camping at the bottom, amazing clear water, river trout, bring snorkeling gear. Try and catch the fish by hand(noodling) those bastards are crafty. Floated down the river, where water shoes of some kind. Great spot, help keep our nature spots clean.

backpacking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

The trail was great to Sylvia until just past the crossing at Lyons creek, then... snow! Bring gps and keep the creek on your right, don't lose faith...we turned back as well as most of the hikers we met. I guess the trail will be clear in 2 to 3 weeks. Still can't beat this hike for a day hike... trail is clear up to Lyon's.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Did this hike on Sunday 7/2. The first 3.5-4 miles were snow free, but sloppy. Lots of melt-off and mud. The final 1-1.5 miles is still covered in snow which makes it easy to lose the trail. Sylvia was still 90% frozen, and was told that the creek crossing for Lyons was impassable.

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