Lyons Ranch Trail
ElevationAscent: 463' 141 m
Descent: -463' -141 m
High: 2,602' 793 m
Low: 2,141' 653 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“Step back in time and visit this old ranch in the prairie lands on Redwood National Park.”— John Maurizi
The hike to the ranch is about two miles in. It is an easy trail winding across prairie land and a few wooded areas. About a half mile up, the road splits, and there is no trail marker at this point. Hikers will want to continue on the well-used road on the left. The less-worn road to the right climbs a hill and continues.
At the end of the Lyons Ranch Trail, you'll find a well-preserved 19th century barn. Fortunately, the park service keeps this barn unlocked so you are free to enter and explore a little. Everything here is an artifact so please leave it as you find it, and do not take anything. The barn has two levels with several entrances. I was surprised at how well the doors still work, and how easily the main barn door slides open. This is a credit to the workmanship of that time. The Lyons family house, which no longer stands, was also once in this area. The barn was used for sheering sheep and repairs of the farm during everyday life. This is a great slice of history that should not be missed. I had the place all to myself! It was a great experience, and I felt like I had traveled back into the past when this ranch was active.
If you continue hiking past the Lyons Ranch Barn, you'll see two small shacks. These are the ranch bunkhouses and kitchen where the ranch hands would sleep. The buildings are in excellent shape although they do show their age. The park service has left these buildings unlocked for you to explore as well. One shack has bed springs and a table while the other seemed to have once been more of a kitchen.
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