Red Cliffs Trail

EASY 12 reviews

Red Cliffs Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cantil, CA that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.0 miles 120 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

bugs

rocky

The Red Cliffs Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park travels past reddish cliffs comprising sandstone, mudstone, and some volcanic rocks. Evidence of slumping, or possibly faulting, is seen in this cliff formation, which makes it an excellent place to see geology in action. Although the main trail is only 0.75 miles long, there are several pleasant unofficial trails and washes nearby. It is possible to spend several hours in this area exploring the desert landscape just off the main trail.

5 months ago

We loved this trail! It was very hot and dry since it's the desert and the summer, however the formations and the views were incredible. There was only one other couple hiking the day we went and they were leaving just as we showed up which made for a relaxing and private hike to enjoy it all. It is dog friendly, which is awesome (yay!) however it is hot dry and hard on the feet with zero shade so it may not be for every dog, and for people and dogs alike bring plenty of water and energy drinks.

5 months ago

Beautiful but hot. It is the desert I guess after all.

hiking
7 months ago

walked around a bit and explored and sat around for the sunrise, was really beautiful

hiking
10 months ago

Yesterday morning, 01/09/2016 I decided to hike Red Rock Canyon State Park on the west side of SR14. I was the lone hike out there, visitor's centered closed but numerous campers and motor crossers. The hike to Whistler's Ridge and Peak was cool, easy and the terrain felt like hiking on foam after the El Nino rain weather. After hiking the Whistler's Ridge, I hiked to the middle top of Canyon Ridge which was cool but scary. I back tracked and veered to the left towards to bottom of the canyon and hike along the canyon floor to very west side of the canyon. Cool hike. I expect this place to be full of hikers, come spring and fall.

hiking
1 year ago

scenic driving
2 years ago

Absolutely stunning. The campground is right on the rock face so the whole time you're surrounded by beauty! I call it the mini Grand Canyon!

hiking
2 years ago

Have been up to Red Rock a half dozen times and it never gets old!! It's a park similar to Vasquez and Devils Punchbowl. You can wonder around the area for hours and never be in any danger of getting lost. The last time I went my buddy and I hiked around the Canyon for almost 10 miles. Rock formations are wicked and was formed from wind and erosion, always find something new. There is an extremely cool canyon formed by running water on the backside, you can also free climb many of the towers.

hiking
3 years ago

We completed both Hagen & Red Rock Canyon Trails in one day. They are both loop trails that offer plenty to look at and keep beginning hikers like our youngest entertained. They even both offered quasi caves to explore as well. Very family friendly and separated by about .25 miles on the high way. Also for those of you with small children, Red Rock Canyon Trail has a bathroom. Hagen Trail had the camel rock and 'window'. Would recommend for beginners or those with small children.

walking
4 years ago

Beautiful little nature walk but it's only a 25 minute meandering little loop.

hiking
4 years ago

Yul Brenner Westworld!

camping
4 years ago

Red Rock Canyon has a few different trails for a nice easy hike. There's plenty of first come first serve campsite, day spots, RV spots(no hookups) to choose from(approx 40). If you're planning a stay then don't forget an awning for shade, and sunscreen! It gets windy at night which is real soothing while you sleep, kind of like a beach setting. The rock formations are great for pictures and exploring.

hiking
5 years ago

One of my favorite easy hikes. Best to do it In the late fall until spring as it gets really hot during the summer. The rock formations are a photographer's dream. There are a few "named" rocks such as Camel Rock, Turk's Turban and Window Rock. It is fun to see who spots them first. In the spring time you will find wildflowers that seem out of place with their delicate beauty. The parking lot is right off Hwy.14, easy to get to.