Big Sky Views on the Iron Canyon Trail in Red Bluff


 Just outside of Red Bluff, the 3.6 Iron Canyon Loop Trail offers incredible views of the Sacramento River, Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen and more. 

This dog and horse friendly trail is located a few miles east of Red Bluff along Highway 36 (directions below) and has plenty of parking, even on weekends.  The trail itself is pretty well maintained but is challenging in that it's loaded with rocks.  Is the Spring and early the Summer, the wildflowers showoff a variety of gorgeous colors on the surrounding hills.

The views along this trail are beautiful from start to finish and because it's a loop, they're always changing and include multiple volcanoes, the coastal mountain range and the Trinity Alps on a clear day.  

There really isn't much much elevation change on this trail although there are rolling hills and seasonal creeks that hikers will need to navigate.   

As if out of nowhere, views of the Sacramento River appear as you hike on the bluffs above. The rock formation here is known as Smith Point and it's a great place to enjoy a picnic, relax and take in the beauty that surrounds you. Smith Point is named after explorer Jedediah Smith and it's worth reading the historical information that you'll find along the way. 

The best time to catch this trail is in the Spring when the wildflowers are at their peak but the trail is open year-round. 


From Antelope Boulevard in Red Bluff, take Highway 36 East toward Lassen Volcanic National Park.  The trailhead will be about 5.2 miles down the highway on your left and there is a big sign at the trailhead entrance.  If you reach the Hog Lake Trailhead, you've gone a little too far.  

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Dogs and horses are welcome.   There is no shade on this trail and in the summer, it gets really hot.  Bring lots of water and consider sunblock. 

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