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|Lynch Canyon Open Space Park|
Lynch Canyon is open year-round on
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 9 am-5 pm
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is a hilly, natural landscape with 10 miles of trails for hiking, birdwatching, trail running, horseback riding and mountain biking. The park has a restroom and parking lot, including room for equestrian rigs. Sorry, dogs are not allowed, due to active cattle grazing at the park. The park has no drinking water -- please come prepared with your own. The park includes a segment of the San Francisco Bay Area Ridge Trail, with gorgeous views from its ridgetops across large swaths of the Suisun Marsh, Carquinez Strait and San Pablo Bay. The park hosts an annual trail run and kite festival, as well as a variety of free guided hikes and rides throughout the year (see the Parks Events Calendar for dates and the Solano Land Trust event listings: http://www.solanolandtrust.org/CalendarList.aspx.
Lynch Canyon is defined by its steeply rolling hills, blanketed with grasslands and accented with groves of buckeyes and evergreen oaks. Lynch Creek drains this enclosed watershed and flows into Suisun Marsh. Grasslands, oak groves, riparian woodlands, and wetland meadows provide shelter and forage for deer, fox, bobcat, waterfowl, and many raptors. The 900-foot ridges offer panoramic views extending from the Coast Ranges to San Francisco Bay and across the Delta to the Sierra Nevada.
History of the Property:
In 1844 Governor Micheltorena of California granted General Mariano G. Vallejo the Rancho National Soscol which includes the Lynch Canyon Open Space as we know it today. The land was purchased, sold, and transferred many times over the next few years. In the 1920s the Matthew Lynch Family purchased the property and their name has been linked with the canyon every since. On November 19, 1993 the Solano Land Trust purchased the property to keep an open space buffer between neighboring cities, protect the habitat and preserve the site for future generations. Since May 2007, Lynch Canyon Open Space Park has been operated jointly by the Solano County Parks and Recreation Division and the Solano Land Trust, through a cooperative management agreement.