Information from Solano Land Trust & Solano County Parks:
Discover a different point of view this July 4 with a Moonlight and Fireworks Hike at Lynch Canyon. Join docent Lawrence Sander for this after-dark hike up steep hills to the Bay Area Ridge Trail on Wednesday, July 4, from 8pm to about 11:30pm.
Depending on what kind of visibility the weather provides, hikers should be able to see various communities’ fireworks between Lynch Canyon and San Francisco starting at 9:30pm. What’s certain is that a 99 percent full moon will rise at 9:19pm, perfectly timed to illuminate the hike back down to the park exit.
Assemble at the entry gate between 7:30 and 8pm. Since the hike is after-hours, the gate will be locked except for entry between 7:30 and 8pm and exit at approximately 11:30pm.
What to bring: Flashlight or headlamp; drinking water; snacks; closed-toe shoes that grip; jacket, pants and other layered clothes in case of wind and cold; and bug repellent. Binoculars may be desirable too. Leave pets, fireworks, and alcohol at home.
Lynch Canyon was purchased by Solano Land Trust in 1996, preventing it from becoming a landfill. It first opened to the public in 2007 thanks to a historic agreement among Solano Land Trust, Solano County Board of Supervisors, and Solano County Parks. Lynch Canyon is a working cattle ranch, and is home to sections of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
Since 1986, Solano Land Trust has permanently protected over 20,000 acres of working farms and natural areas for the current and future residents of Solano County. Learn more at www.solanolandtrust.org.
Directions at www.solanolandtrust.org, and below:
Lynch Canyon is located at the intersection of Lynch Road & McGary Road, Vallejo, CA.
From I-80 East between Vallejo and Fairfield, take the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke exit. Go south toward Hiddenbrooke Parkway. Just before entering the Hiddenbrooke development, turn east (left) on McGary Road (frontage road that runs parallel to I-80). Follow McGary Road for 1.6 miles to where it intersects with Lynch Road. Turn left on Lynch Road.
From I-80 West between Fairfield and Vallejo, take the Red Top Road exit. Go south (left) under the underpass. In less than 0.1 mile, turn right on McGary Road (frontage road that runs parallel to I-80). Follow McGary Road for 1.8 miles to where it intersects with Lynch Road. Turn right on Lynch Road.
On Lynch Road, go under the I-80 underpass and proceed through the gate at the end of the cul-de-sac to the gravel parking lot.
What: July 4 Moonlight and Fireworks Hike at Lynch Canyon with docent Lawrence Sander
Where: Lynch Canyon Open Space, intersection of Lynch Road & McGary Road, Vallejo, CA
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 8pm to 11:30pm
Why: Special opportunity for after-dark adventure
Cost: Free; donations to support the Solano Land Trust are welcome