Hike Date: December 14, 2013
Distance: ~ 6.2 miles
Trail(s): Lynch Rd., Tower Trail, Middle Valley Trail, Saddle Trail, South Valley Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail
Where’s it at? Solano County north of Hwy 80 near Vallejo


Lynch Canyon Open Space is a Solano County park located between highway 80 and highway 12 and between the cities of Fairfield and Vallejo. It has recently become open to the public on weekend days (as of October 2013) so I took advantage of it this weekend. There is a $5 day use parking fee and the gate closes at 5pm at least during winter. The park is run in partnership by Solano County Parks and Solano Land Trust. According to the brochure that is available at the parking lot and includes a trail map, the park is 1,039 acres with grasslands, wildlowers, oak woodlands and plenty of wildlife.

The park is full of open rolling hills and the trail starts out at your lowest elevation of the hike. There is zero tree cover on the trails that I could find, so bring your sunscreen and a hat if it’s a sunny day. It also was extremely windy on the higher hilltops so bring layers. There is a lot of free ranging cattle in the area so expect to dodge cow patties and see plenty of them. At one point on this hike, as I walked past a group of cows, a couple of them started following me which was kind of bizarre.

I strongly recommend heading to the higher hilltops on this hike, if you get to the Saddle Trail you can follow a single track trail (probably made by cows) to the highest of the hills in the park which offers excellent view of the San Francisco bay and the Napa Valley up to Mount Saint Helena. While it was a clear day when I visited, the air quality for the last week or two has been bad in the north bay, and coupled with fog my views were not as expansive as I’m sure they can get here. I also would like to come back here in the spring when the hills are green and wildflowers are blooming. I’d imagine the reservoir is also usually a lot more full than it was on my visit.

This was a great hike with a decent amount of elevation change and well maintained trails. There are well-constructed benches all over the place, almost every quarter mile, and several places with picnic tables. There were very few people here on my visit which was nice, I didn’t pass anyone on the trails at all in fact, though I saw a hiker ahead of me most of the way. I definitely recommend a visit to this open space park.

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