Backpacking / Trekking in Lyons Reservoir, Sonora, California USA

4.5 mi/7.24 km
Sonora Pass is located near Pinecrest, Tuolumne County, California, USA. It is off of Highway about 60 mi/96.5 km east of Sonora.

Trails are spread everywhere across the mountains. There is something for everyone in the Sonora Pass region, as there are all kind of trails, easy, intermediate and high elevation and also long day adventures. One of the best trails to go backpacking is Twain Harte to Lyons Reservoir – Railroad Grade.

It is a 4.5 mi/7.24 km, moderate trail with elevation gain of 200 ft/61 m. It is a gentle trail to Lyons Reservoir, that follows an old Sugar Pine Railroad grade. In early spring, it usually opens at an elevation of 4000 ft/1219 m. Lyons is a beautiful lake to visit. Hike around the lake on an easy level trail across the dam.

At the south end of the lake is the dam, which has a dramatic spill way, draining the lake into a magnificent picturesque canyon below the dam. In late summer and fall the lake drops, as the water is used by the Tuolumne water district. You can camp near and around the lake.

How to Get to Destination

164 mi / 264 km, 3 hrs 5 mins
Follow I-880S to San Jose. Take the exit 31 for I-238 to I-580/Stockton/Fresno. Follow the signs for I-238/I-880/Castro Valley/Stockton Fresno and enter I-238 S. Enter I-580E. Go straight for I-205E. Enter I-5N. Take the exit California 4E to Downtown Stockton. Enter CA-4 E. Enter CA-4 E/CA-99 S. Take the exit 252B to enter CA-4 E to Farmington Rd. Turn right to CA-4 E/Farmington Rd. Go to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Head straight for CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Central Valley
89.6 mi / 144.2 km, 2 hrs 4 mins
Follow CA-108 E/E F St. Continue to follow CA-108E. Enter CA-49 N/W Stockton St. Turn left on CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N/S Washington St. Make an open right turn to Parrots Ferry Rd. Head straight to Parrots Ferry Rd. Turn right to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
125 mi / 201.2 km, 2 hrs 41 mins
Follow CA-99S. Take exit 273 to Liberty Rd. Turn left on Liberty Rd. Turn right to CA-88W. Turn left to CA-12E. Continue to CA-49 S/Golden Chain Highway S/W St Charles St. Turn left to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Continue straight to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
Columbia Airport,
50.6 mi / 81.4 km

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