Lynch Canyon Open Space

9.80 Miles
3stars (3.00)1
3stars (3.00)
3stars (3.00)
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The trailhead parking area in the distance. Note the cattle dotting the landscape. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Getting closer
Getting closer to I-80 and our trailhead. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Meandering route
The trail meandered along the gentle slopes with a punctuated tree clump here and there. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Tour Guide
A friendly bovine tour guide telling us to go left. She was right. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Some interesting rock formations dot the landscape. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Rougher going
The second half of our loop got a bit tougher when the gravel road turned into a muddy slog. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Looking back
Looking back from whence we came. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Horseback riders
Horseback riders were almost as plentiful as hikers. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Trail View
Hikers and riders share the trail not too far from the trailhead. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Log Entries
A muddy outing
By Austin Explorer on 1/4/2020
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 4.02 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes

This log entry is recreated from sparse notes.  The original log entry was lost in the July 2020 website outage.

Coppertone and I hiked this trail not too long after some rain so the trails were a bit muddy.  I wasn't a big fan of the mud and Coppertone really wasn't.  Though that affected our rating a bit it's not entirely fair since most visitors won't suffer through the slog like we had to.

One thing that will be ever present is the road noise near the trailhead.  Just off of I-80 means traffic noise will never go away.  Only distance into the back of the park will relieve one of that.

The park is almost entirely open grassland, which provides for long distance views.  Several hawks got even better views from high above as they searched for prey on the hillside slopes.

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