Lyons Ranch Trail
Location: Redwood National Park
Marked trailhead is off Bald Hills Road
, approximately 17 miles from turnoff on Hwy 101.
Difficulty Level: Moderate, some steep grades.
Chilula, Hupa, and Yurok Indians sustained themselves on these grassy hillsides for thousands of years. They deliberately burned the oak woodlands to enhance the growth of acorns, berries, and grasses that they used for food, baskets, netting, and string. When settlers moved into the area, they established sheep ranches, where prize-winning flocks thrived on grasses created by the Indians’ prescribed burns. Jonathan Lyons, who married Hupa Indian Amelia Misket, adopted many of her family’s practices and used them to improve his large ranching operation.