Lynch Canyon Trail
How to Get There
From Yolo County, drive up Highway 16 through the Capay Valley. Pass the town of Rumsey and continue up the highway. You’ll pass Yolo County’s three park sites (Cache Creek Nature Area), then cross the county line into Colusa County. Continue on to the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 20.
Head west (turn left) on Highway 20. Continue on Highway 20, heading uphill, past the scenic viewpoint turnout, until the road makes a hairpin turn to the right. The parking area is across the highway at the beginning of the hairpin turn. It is a dangerous crossing, so you may want to head further up the highway until a safer spot, and turn around to go back to the Lynch Canyon parking area. The parking area has no facilities.
The Hike Itself
Start out by going south along Lynch Canyon from the parking area. The trail will then descend downhill all the way to the valley and toward the ‘Roadkill Café ‘. The Roadkill Café is actually an old hunting shack that featured a humorous ‘menu’ of roadkill treats. NOTE: the Roadkill Café may have been burned during the wildfires in the region in 2015.
The Lynch Canyon valley is a broad interior valley that features some great wildflower displays in the spring. From there, you can hike up to Cache Creek Ridge or south to a series of ponds. This takes you to the heart of the area so the choice is yours.
The round-trip from the parking area to the Café is 3.4 miles. You can extend your hike, however, if you wish by continuing cross country.