DO NOT leave anything of value in your car! After having my debit cards and cash stolen (I believed incorrectly that I'd locked my car - I know, I know, the lock is actually faulty...), local law enforcement let me know that thefts (including broken windows) are common from parked cars on Lytle Road. Essentially, thieves watch for you to walk away from your car.
Also - I couldn't recommend a metal detector on this claim. It's less frustrating down in the main wash proper further from the road but it's amazing how many shell casings are there. No ticks in February, thankfully, but plenty of broken bottles so watch your step and don't trip. No gold found but still getting used to all this so I wouldn't blame the claim. :)
Still - super easy access, nice area, the picnic area nearby is great with running water kids can play in, etc.