5.0 miles 400' elevation gain
This does a tour in Iron Canyon along Paynes Creek and the Sacramento River
Eons ago the Sacramento River carved Iron Canyon into a basalt lava flow that was obstructing its waters
There is a ford of Paynes Creek near the start of the hike.
There is no online flow gauge for Paynes Creek. However, Cow Creek (20 miles north) has a flow gauge. One day when Cow Creek flow gauge was at Riv Stage 5.25-ft, Payne Creek Crossing was 14" deep and fordable without getting knees wet. Local conditions may vary, use caution.
As a substitute, the trailhead for Paynes Creek Point is just over a mile away. No ford required
Wildflowers peak in late March or early April
This hike is in Sacramento River Bend Area; owned by the public, managed by Redding Field Office of Bureau of Land Management. Backpacking welcomed; campfires welcomed except during wildfire season.