Lyons Creek Trail

This area in El Dorado County may be covered in snow until June or July. Once the snow recedes, you get to view a lot of newly emerging wildflowers and lots of interesting insect life.

  • Easy to Locate? Yes
  • Pet Friendly? Yes. But keeps pets in your car or on a leash.
  • Easy to Walk? Yes.
  • Is there a Fee? No
  • Are there Restrooms? No. But there are a couple of rest stops along the way.
  • Is there Accessible Parking? Yes.
  • Other Notes: Stop, if you can, along Wrights Creek Road for more wildflowers. Don’t block traffic.

Along the way, we stopped at the little Bridal Veil Falls on the rights side of Highway 50 and checked out the seeps along either side of it.

The trail itself is relatively easy to walk. There is a lot to see just within the first half mile or so. Depending on the time of year, there may be water crossings over parts of the creek, so be prepared with water-proof socks or shoes.

Before you go, check out Charlie Russell’s Lyons Creek Wildflowers webpage. It gave me a heads up about the trail and what sorts of flowers we might see there. So helpful!

How to Get There

From Sacramento [90-minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic and how many stops you make]

  • Take Highway 50 East
  • Exit at Wrights Lake Road in Kyburz, CA
  • Turn LEFT onto Wrights Creek Road
  • Follow Wrights Creek Road up to the well-marked parking area at the Lyon’s Creek Trailhead.
    • NOTE: Wrights Creek Road is paved but is very narrow. Drive slowly and watch for oncoming traffic.

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Travels of a Certified California Naturalist

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