I did this awesome hike with my brother, and my now husband (on our second date!)
I am completely in love with the Ivin’s Red Mountain. It’s actually one of the main reasons I was drawn to moving here. It’s absolutely beautiful, and you can see it from any area in Ivins or Santa Clara.
I used to look at the mountain and tell myself that one day I would hike to the very top.
And I did.
Initially, I couldn’t figure out what the name of the mountain was. Imagine my face-palm moment when I found out its called……Red Mountain. Creative.
How we did it
Keep in mind that there are many different ways to get to the top of Red Mountain. Most people go around the back of the mountain and wind their way to the top.
Not us. We literally went to the base of Red Mountain and started climbing up it. Look at that photo above and just picture that for a moment.
Word of warning
This version of the hike is pretty dang sketchy, I won’t lie here. There is a trail at the beginning of the mountain but you’ll quickly notice that the trail disappears and you sort of just make your way, well……up.
….And it’s straight up.
I made it a point to climb in the middle of my two hiking partners in case I fell up or down the mountain. I’m not kidding. It’s a lot of scrambling to get to the top.
This “trail” has absolutely zero shade. I would not recommend going in the heat of the day, or the heat of the summer. We hiked Red Mountain in November. It was cold starting out, but it ended up being the perfect weather for the hike. Bring lots of water!
This area at the top of the mountain is a common place for search and rescue to be called to assist lost hikers. Lucky for those people, there is cell reception, so at least there’s that. To avoid getting lost – do not hike this at night, and I’ll also suggest – not hiking it alone.
….And now that I’ve put the fear of God in you, let me tell you why it’s worth it.
You will witness some of the most incredible views of any hike in Southern Utah.
And, obviously, there’s bragging rights.
I get to point to the mountain and say, “I hiked to the top of that.”
I may be biased, but Southern Utah also has some of the most amazing sunsets and sunrises!
(If you’re in for an adventure, and want to climb up the mountain like we did)
From Highway 91, take center street in Ivins, Utah. Follow it all the way until the road dead-ends. Park, and hike up! May the force be with you!