Lynch Canyon now open year round to show off its new faces and features
For the first time in many years, Lynch Canyon will be open year round on Saturday and Sunday thanks
to a decision made in June by the Solano County Board of Supervisors. Lynch Canyon is one of the best places in our area to hike, bird, ride mountain bikes and horses, or just unwind. More and more, people have come to enjoy Lynch Canyon, and miss it when it is closed.
If you’re planning to participate in the 2014 Lynch Canyon Trail Run, you have even more opportunities to get out there and train on the trails you’ll be running on June 7.
Look for two improvements at the entrance, a new fence and a new gate. For his Eagle Scout project, Jonathan Sorunke and Troop 853 replaced 200-feet of old fence with new barbed wire, and wired old redwood fence posts on the t-posts to give it character. There is also a new gate that was
constructed and welded by Robert Garcia, Solano Land Trust’s former field steward who recently left to return to welding.
That’s not all. Scientists and volunteers continue to improve restoration efforts at the Old Homestead site. The next time you hike up Middle Valley Trail, take a look at all the new native grasses filling in the natural wetland once covered by thickets of Himalayan blackberries. Citizen scientists have ramped up on phenology (the observation of plant life cycles) under the instruction of Paige Cauffield, a summer intern from Sacramento State University. The data they collect will go into a national phenology database to inform land managers and others about adaptations taking place in the plant world during climate shifts.
Remember, fall and winter are the seasons to see the incredible raptor show at Lynch Canyon. Join
raptor enthusiast Larry Broderick and his team on Sunday, November 17 at Rush Ranch for a course on identifying raptors, and then apply your new skills at a birds-of-prey hike at Lynch Canyon on Sunday, December 8.