Lyon Peak is in the northern Pine Nut mountains southeast of Dayton, NV.
It is most easily accessed via Old Como road- a popular 4wd route leading to the the Ghost Town of Como, NV.
can also be reached from the Como Saddle and the two can be combined for a full day of peakbagging.
This area is littered with old mining stakes, rancher trails, and powerline access roads.
The snowcaps of Tahoe's east rim can as seen from the saddle- Unfortunately power lines spoil much of the view
Old Como Road (aka the Como Ghost Town trail) leads south from Dayton, NV before reaching the Como Saddle at 11mi. High clearance 4wd is definitely recommended and the road will likely be impassable during rainy/snowy conditions- though in the summer months I have had no substantial issues getting my Subaru Outback to the Como saddle.
Take Hwy 50 to Dayton Valley Road map
From the intersection travel 1 mile to a right turn onto Old Como Road. Follow Old Como Road past the schools. After about a mile the pavement ends near some public land signage and a turnout that is used as a 4wd staging area. From the pavement end it is 10.5 slow rocky miles to the saddle.
(There appears to also be eastern approach from Yerlington- If anyone has any information on this route please post it)
Lyon Peak lies 3mi south of (and 1,500' above) Como Saddle
Route 1: Como Saddle
From the Como Saddle, head due south following old mining and power line roads where available. Follow the ridgeline south to the summit.
Route 2: Stone Spring
Continue past Como Saddle downhill to a branch with a road leading south towards Stone Spring. This southern road gradually deteriorates, so pick an arbitrary point to park and start out on foot.
From Stone Spring (or the highpoint of the road before dipping down to the spring) head upridge angling just to the south of point 8451 on the topo. Just as you reach the mahogany you should find a good use/ranch trail leading through the dense brush up to the summit ridge. From there follow the ridgeline to the summit.
[Note: I've followed this use trail north, but found that it dissipated into nothing after about a half mile. If anyone has successfully found a connector between this trail and the mining/powerline roads to the north, let me know- I've tried from both ends and came up empty]
Como Ghost Town
All that is left of Como, NV
The ghost town of Como, NV dates back the 1860's Pine Nut Mountain gold rush.
There is very little left of the town (mostly just a single roadside foundation) though old mines dot the surrounding countryside.
More information can be found here:
This area is managed by the BLM Carson City Field Office: