Lynch Canyon Open Space near Vallejo, CA, is a great place for hiking as well as kite-flying, mountain bike and horseback riding. In other words, all members of your family can find much to enjoy. The open space is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 A. M. to 5 P.M. now through June 26, 2011 (beyond that depends on funding). Lynch Canyon iwas purchased by the Solano Land Trust in 1996, and is part of the Solano County Parks system.
Lynch Canyon is connected to the Bay Area Ridge Trail and consists of more than 1,000 acres of grassland, oak woodland and riparian habitat. This time of year the rolling hills are green and wildflowers are starting to pop! These natural areas provide food and shelter for deer, gray fox, coyote, bobcat, meadowlark, finches, blackbirds, swallows, waterfowl, and many birds of prey, including the golden eagle. On a clear day, the ridge tops offer panoramic views extending from the Coast Range to San Francisco Bay and across the Delta to the Sierra Nevada. Lynch Canyon is also a working ranch with cattle grazing.
- Though there is no entrance fee, there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee.
- There is no drinking water available, bring your own bottled water, as well as snacks. There’s a restroom next to the parking lot.
- Hikers should wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for protection from sun, wind, fog, and rain.
- Equestrians, hikers, birders and mountain bikers are all welcome on the multi-use trails, but for the protection of habitat, wildlife, and cattle, dogs are not allowed at Lynch Canyon.
- You can look at other activities in Solano County Parks, click here,
- or with the Bay Area Ridge Trail (sections run through Lynch Canyon), click here.
- Saturday, May 14 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. is a volunteer day.
- Saturday, June 4 is the Fourth Annual Trail Run and Community Hike.
- Saturday, June 18 and June 25th there are guided hikes. You can check the Solano Land Trust website, click here, for more details.
Directions to Lynch Canyon:
Lynch Canyon is located at the intersection of Lynch Road & McGary Road, Vallejo, CA. From I-80 East between Vallejo and Fairfield, take the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke exit. Go south toward Hiddenbrooke Parkway. Just before entering the Hiddenbrooke development, turn east (left) on McGary Road (frontage road that runs parallel to I-80). Follow McGary Road for 1.6 miles to where it intersects with Lynch Road. Turn left on Lynch Road.
From I-80 West between Fairfield and Vallejo, take the Red Top Road exit. Go south (left) under the underpass. In less than 0.1 mile, turn right on McGary Road (frontage road that runs parallel to I-80). Follow McGary Road for 1.8 miles. Turn right on Lynch Road.
On Lynch Road, go under the I-80 underpass and proceed through the gate at the end of the cul-de-sac to the gravel parking lot.