Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lynch Canyon



                      Walk the Ridge That Separates the Valley from the Bay


                     Why stay indoors when the grass is green on the outside?
 Get in tune with nature by exploring Lynch Canyon Open Space Park. You might even feel as if you are a rancher walking on your ranch as you open and close gates. Cattle, ducks, and various birds can be spotted by the South Fork Lynch Creek as well as throughout the hike.  Beautiful leaning trees can be seen on the right of the hike due to strong winds. On a hot day in Sacramento Valley this is a great place to escape to because it is always cooler here. If you start hiking early, the clouds and fog could be your view. You will be walking 6.6 miles around Bay Area ridges. At times you can see Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais, Napa, and San Pablo Bay. This is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet. There are plenty of benches throughout the hike to take a break and rest. As well as a few picnic tables to have lunch at. With nothing in the way blocking the beautiful views surrounding you, shade is limited, so sunblock is strongly advised. The unending grassy hills are so magnificent that you will wonder why you ever wanted to stay indoors in the first place.
Written by Irina Vakulchik
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