Lyons Ranch

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

This is a simple out & back into a section of Redwood National park that is a stark contrast from the rest of the park. Open prairies. Expansive views.

Along the way saw longhorn cattle, a herd of elk and a bear.

Lyons ranch, the terminus of the ride, is a sheep ranch from the early 1900’s. There are several buildings on site worth exploring including a barn and an two old bunkhouse. The actual homestead burned down some time in the past. It is unclear when. The ranch was a working ranch until the 1960’s.

From Highway 101, Bald Hills Road climbs at first through redwoods before emerging onto a large hilltop prairie with increasingly broad vistas. The pavement abruptly ends at this point; bumping over the ridgetop with a cloud of dust behind you, you’ll wind your way up a knoll and, 17 miles from Highway 101, arrive at the Lyons Ranch Historic Site trailhead. [Redwood Hikes]

Redwood Hikes and The Outbound Collective provide excellent descriptions of the trails around the ranch and the history of the ranch. We spent about an hour exploring the buildings and the lands of the ranch. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Out & Back: 21 miles / 2000 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 35% gravel, 65% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ Northern California (Coast)
– Published: April 2020

Difficulty

Moderate–. The route is mostly rolling hills, there is only one true climb, near Lyons ranch.

When we like to ride this …

Spring, when the Lupine are in bloom.

Food / Water

None

The Start

Redwood Creek Overlook parking area.
Lat / Long:  41.257938, -123.988830

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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