Lyons Creek Trail

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Lyons Creek Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from August until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2286 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Sylvia and Lyons Lakes is a 10 mile out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month 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!

backpacking
3 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.

hiking
7 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.

8 months ago

E xxx cellent hike!

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Lyons lake was super pretty!

hiking
9 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
10 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

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful Hike!

hiking
10 months ago

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.

backpacking
11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

Plenty of snow still left to make the trail hard to find, What trail is exposed is a running stream. Made it up to Sylvia Lake by staying to the right of the river/stream. Still frozen. nice hike over all, but your feet will get soaked until all the snow has melted away.

backpacking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Awesome trip. Lots of snow on the ground as of 5/28 but nothing unmanageable. Was unable to drive all the way to the trailhead (to much snow) but that didn't stop us from having a great time.

backpacking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

last summer me and my uncles went to Lyons Creek Trail we tried to spend the night at Sylvia Lake but by the time we got to the Desolation Wilderness marker my uncle twisted his ankle so we had to stay there for the night then hike back in the morning ,we're going for it this year he has better hiking boots

backpacking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We did an overnight trip to Lyons Lake. I fully agree with the post Martin made. This trail was pretty easy at first but right before the lake it was really treacherous. Also if you are fine with walking on ALOT of rocks...this trail is for you. Be careful it is easy to twist an ankle especially with a 40lb pack. BUT we felt like it was really worth it at the end when we reached the lake. It was super gorgeous and there was wonderful view.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Gorgeous at the top! Easy to follow trail

fishing
Saturday, September 03, 2016

backpacking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Great day trip went to both Sylvia and Lyons Lake! Was a long day hitting both but certainly worth it! Lyons lake is stunning and looked to have couple great camp spots. Wish I would have stayed night or had more time!

backpacking
Monday, August 22, 2016

We did an overnight backpack to Lyons Lake. The first several miles is pretty but nothing spectacular. Many parts of the trail are composed of billiard-ball sized rocks, and with forty pounds on your back, this continual climb is no easy feat... especially the last steep half-mile up to Lyons Lake. But once there the view is more dramatic. The lake sits in a granite bowl with groves on either end making for nice campsites. Lovely solitude. Fun morning hike up to ridge at the far end to view the snowmelt feeding the lake. Strenuous, but exhilarating.

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fun trail allot of spots to check out

Monday, August 15, 2016

Great hike! Watch out for black bears.

Trail head was easy to find and there were about a dozen cars in the parking lot. If you're going up to Lake Sylvia you're going to enter Desolation Wilderness, and are supposed to have a permit (there's a sign posted). I had actually gotten mine online so was good to go. This was an enjoyable afternoon!

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Fun easy hike

camping
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Really great hike!! We so enjoyed the peace and quiet. There are a few rough areas of climbing rocks. Gorgeous scenery! We enjoyed our overnight by Sylvia Lake and fishing. Lots of mosquitos though

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Gorgeous hike! Longer day than we expected and the last half mile or so to Lyon Lake is pretty steep and hard work, but it was well worth it! And our husky did great the whole way too. Not a ton of people on the trail either. Loved this hike!

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Amazing hike here today with a group of friends. Wild flowers were abundant today all around! We did 1 hour in and turned around. It took us about 3 hours total including a break by the water. Just gorgeous!

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Walk through a RAINBOW of wildflowers! We saw Tiger Lily, Columbine, Aster, Lupine, Fire Weed, and Larkspur to name a few. The Heather was also in bloom all around Lyons Lake. I love this hike in late summer because of the "Return to Springtime" feel. Do Not Forget Your Bug Spray. (I tried the Repel "Lemon and Eucalyptus" for the first time and it worked great) Lyons Creek is running and just waiting for you to soak your feet. Plan 3.5 hours to Lyon's Lake at an average hiker's pace. Beautiful escape from the dry, end of summer, heat.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Best hike I've done locally!! The majority of the hike is easy with a few moderate spots. Lots of rocks on certain parts of the trail so our group of 6 had sore ankles. The last part was definitely tough but doable if your used to hiking. We had a first timer with us and her calves froze up, it was a bit much for her. If you have knee issues, bring poles but you'll be fine. The only issue we encountered was lots of bugs on the way back, around 7 pm. Such a beautiful, great hike though!! Can't wait to go back and camp over night!

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