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Lynch Canyon Open Space

East Bay, California

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  • The parking area for Lynch Canyon Open Space.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • The hike begins on a wide road.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • The area is shared with cattle, but contact is discouraged.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • Cows are very much a part of this hike.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • White-tailed kite.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • Finch in the trees.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • Finches line up on the barbed wire.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • Mower's mushroom (Panaeolina foenisecii).- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • You can find many cow bones in the park.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • I-80 in the fog.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • The hike can be very wet after the rains.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • Climbing the muddy trail.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • The open space is home to an occasional picnic table.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • Take a rest at the information bench.- Lynch Canyon Open Space
  • - Lynch Canyon Open Space
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful hills. Plenty of trails.
Cons: 
Cranky cows. Can be muddy. Occasionally closed.
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Region:
East Bay, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Lynch Canyon Open Space has 1,039 acres of beautiful rolling hills, meandering streams, oak-covered grasslands, and spectacular views. The land was originally inhabited by the Patwin Suisunes​ Native American Tribe. You can find grinding holes in a few of the rock outcroppings in the area. The land has since been owned by several families, including General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo in 1844. The Solano Land Trust bought the property in 1996. The area has been used for grazing for 150 years, and that tradition continues today. You will share your hike with dozens of cows. There is also a varied bird population in the park, thanks in part to the birdhouses scattered along the main trail. Keep an eye out for the pair of white-tailed kites near the entrance.

Begin your hike from the parking area. There are many large and small trails to choose from, but the recommended route is to follow the North Fork and North Ridge Trail around the edge of the park. Along the way you will find occasional tables for picnics. As you head east along this trail, the views will become spectacular, especially during the rainy season when the hills turn a bright green. Once you reach the end, you can continue into the Newell Open Space Preserve, a separate system of trails, or turn onto the Saddle Trail toward the Middle Valley Trail or South Valley Trail.

The older cows in the park are used to human activity, and you can walk right by without issue. Some of the young cows can get ornery, however, so it is best to keep your distance. Don't bother them, and they won't bother you. You can also find a few skeletons scattered around the park.

On your way back, take one of the smaller trails onto the central ridge for more beautiful views before returning to your car. Note that the park is open Friday through Monday, and waterproof boots are highly recommended after a rain.

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