The cliffs of Red Plateau rise 623m (2044 feet) above the Dewdrop Range. The well-establihsed Dewdrop trail climbs up a ridge to the rim and follows the edge, passing many viewpoints above the red-orange lava bluffs. The original trail ended at the head of a gully, but an extension has now been added, marked by flagging tape and worn in by hikers. It follows the rim around the gully and out out to a viewpoint, adding 2km to the route. The trail continues along for a few more kilometres, but it is not as worn-in yet, but flagging tape will draw hikers along the rim over time.
We chose to drive up the Red Plateau Forest Service Road and followed backroads over to the Dewdrop Trail. There are several route options to get over to the rim, but we have a favorite route we usually take (see below).
Once at the rim, follow the flagging tape and enjoy all the viewpoints of Castle Butte, Mushroom Rock, the upper arch, and Red Bluff.
Stop at each viewpoint along the route and then pick one for lunch.
Return by the same route, watching junctions carefully. This is a remote area so don't attempt it without support.
- Park – N50 46.851 W120 34.348
- Turn right – N50 46.469 W120 34.020
- Turn left – N50 46.559 W120 34.716
- Dewdrop Trail – N50 46.338 W120 34.836
- Lunch stop and end of this section of trail – N50 46.861 W120 36.169