January 5, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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All of you that can hardly wait to hike the ladders come and join me for a great adventure. This is one of the most popular, beautiful, enjoyable and picturesque hikes of the desert. I have done this hike many times and it is always fun!
Details of the Hike: This hike is a five mile loop which I would level as a moderate, intermediate hike. It will take approximately 3 hours. There is some elevation gain but not a significant amount. The hike will takes us on some rock scrambling where we will eventually climb a series of ladders, each time getting to the next level. As you hike and climb you will travel through some beautiful canyon walls. At times the canyon trails and ladders are in narrow, tight places but the ladders are well maintained and very secure. If you are afraid of heights, tight or narrow spaces this hike might not be for you. The trail eventually leads up to the top of the mesa which looks out over the valley and gives us beautiful views all the way to the Salton Sea. We will take a rest at the top of the mesa so bring plenty of snacks and water. It is important to drink plenty of water while hiking so you stay hydrated. The trip back will take us hiking back through the sandy wash were you will be able to view beautiful rock formations along the way. The hike does require sturdy hiking shoes with traction to keep you from slipping on the rocks and the ladders. Hiking shoes also help when walking through the washes. I will have a sweep and a guide in the middle to help anyone feeling a little insecure. We will not leave anyone behind and I will make sure everyone has a great time.
Take I-10 E past Palm Springs. Slight right at California 86S S (signs for Brawley/El Centro/86S Expy) 10.1 mi.
Turn right at 62nd Ave 0.2 mi.
Turn left at CA-111 S (GRAPEFRUIT ROAD) 2.3 mi
Turn left at 4th St 0.1 mi.
Turn right at Hammond Rd 0.2 mi.
Turn left at 66th Ave 3.9 mi. eventually become Box Canyon Rd.
Turn left AT PAINTED CANYON ROAD, the dirt parking lot is on the right side less than 2 miles away.
Fantasy Spings Casino
The Fresh Grill Buffet
[masked] Indio Springs Drive, Indio, CA
CARPOOL FROM RIVERSIDE:
Chick-fil-A off 60 Freeway/Day St.
2885 Canyon Springs Pkwy Riverside, CA 92507
Will leave there by 7:15 AM. Call or Txt Stephan at[masked]
Please post a comment below if you like to initiate a carpool.