Lyons Ranch Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waseck, 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.

3.5 miles
446 feet
Out & Back



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

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.

4 months ago

Views from Bald Hills Road are panoramic. In Spring when the purple lupine bloom it’s a highway of photographers and artists setting up easels. Hike to Lyons Ranch is dirt road. The historic ranch buildings are being preserved to ponder what life was like for the many mixed race families before electricity, cars, plumbing.

5 months ago

Great hike through prairies and oak woodlands. We stopped to watch elk below us in the tall grass. We explored all of the buildings and had a nice lunch before strolling back to the trailhead. We were the only people on the trail.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Really enjoyed the panoramic views of the trail mostly in a prairie. The area has an awesome amount of elk, deer, coyotes, mountain lions and a few bears by all the sign and tracks I saw on the trail after the recent rains. The only human tracks I saw on the trail were my own. Lyons Ranch and the structures were incredible... Makes you wonder what it was like back in the day. Definitely worth seeing...

Monday, January 16, 2017

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.

6 months ago