This trail offers excellent views of the John Day Valley. It also allows access to Canyon Mountain and the west end of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.
From John Day, take US Highway 395 south for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto County road 52 (Marysville Road) in Canyon City. Travel uphill on the paved road approximately 2 miles, then take a right on Gardner Ranch Lane (County road 77) for approximately 1/4 mile, then take another right on Canyon Mountain Trail 218 and follow the road up another 2 full miles to a short, unmarked spur road on the left that – within a hundred yards – terminates at the trailhead. If you miss the spur road junction, the landscape will begin to drop off severely on the right until the main road ends 1/4 mile beyond at the Iron King Mine.