Lyons Reservoir From Sugar Pine Railroad Grade

Sugar Pine Railroad Grade (Lyons to Fraser Flat)

This section of the Sugar Pine Railroad Grade continues on where the Confidence to Lyons section leaves off. The distance from Lyons to Fraser Flat is 9.5 miles one way and as with most railroad grades is relatively flat with the exception of a few sections. Much of the grade follows the South Fork Stanislaus […]

Lyons Reservoir From the Dam

Lyons Lake Loop

Lyons Lake Loop is an easy 5.5 mile hike that follows the entire perimeter of Lyons Reservoir. Since most of the hike is fire road, it is easily accessible by hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The grade is very gradual with a total elevation change of less than 300 feet so this hike is […]

Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area

Lyons Reservoir is a man-made lake that is formed by the construction of Lyons Dam back in 1930 by PG&E. This reservoir is currently the municipal water supply for Twain Harte and other localities in the lower elevations of the Sierra Nevada, above Sonora. Lyons Reservoir is surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest and provides many […]

Along the Sugar Pine Railroad Grade

Sugar Pine Railroad Grade (Confidence Rd to Lyons Reservoir)

This gentle sloping 4.5 mile one-way hike  follows the old Sugar Pine Railroad grade. This trail, or fire road, is open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders year-round but may be covered in snow throughout the winter months. The fire road traverses private property which is owned by Sierra Pacific Industries, so no motor […]