Lyons Ranch Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Riverkern, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Chilula, Hupa, and Yurok Indians sustained themselves on these grassy hillsides for thousands of years. They deliberately burned the oak woodlands to enhance the growth of acorns, berries, and grasses that they used for food, baskets, netting, and string. When settlers moved into the area, they established sheep ranches, where prize-winning flocks thrived on grasses created by the Indians’ prescribed burns. Jonathan Lyons, who married Hupa Indian Amelia Misket, adopted many of her family’s practices and used them to improve his large ranching operation.
Fantastic trail for scenery. Path is a dirt road and is easy in that respect. We detoured to make a better loop of it and ended up climbing straight up about a 500' elevation in long grass, which I don't recommend. Otherwise we had a great time exploring.