Lyons Dam

EASY 26 reviews

Lyons Dam is a 10.4 mile out and back trail located near Twain Harte, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
885 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

horseback riding

lake

waterfall

Road/trail is collapsed about a mile before the dam. The trail is closed at that point.

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy enough for all skill levels, a great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Fun hike, great for training and family.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

Road/trail was collapsed about a mile before the dam. It's closed at that point. Had to turn around so only did about 8 miles.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Great ride!

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.

11 months ago

Great low crowd hike. Great Lake. Fairly easy.

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Rode my mountain bike here on Aug. 3, 2016. Great easy going trail. Rides along essentially a dirt road all the way to the dam. Very wide path and relatively flat. Not really a "mountain bike" ride, more of a pleasure ride that allows for looking around and enjoying the surroundings.

If you continue past the dam area and across the cattle grate, the path continues following around the dam and then starts tracking along the river. Path gets a little rougher at some points (more like 4x4 driving than dirt road). I took the path all the way to the point that it departs from the river (bends to the right - you can see it on the AllTrails map with GPS). Made for a nice long ride and the flowing river was nice too.

Overall I'll do this again when I'm looking for a relaxing ride with no technical riding whatsoever.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Trail was easy and beautiful. A pack of deer ran across our paths along the way was really cool. Wide path. Never an issue of getting lost. Great path for mountain biking of u choose to do so.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Had a great bicycle ride not to hard not to easy, I would do it again.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Water level is really high and the dam water was being released it was nice to see.

mountain biking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 19, 2015. Trail is in great shape. Several patches of shade along the way shrouded in Redwoods, Pines, Firs and Dogwoods. Beautiful distant views. Nothing but peace and quiet. Zero poison oak. Best trail out of Twain Harte.