Hiking the Ladders in Painted Canyon, Mecca

  • 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.

Direction:

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.

Lunch:
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.

 

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  • Frances H.

    Loved it! More beautiful than I thought. Fun people, great weather, good food...a perfect day!

    January 6, 2013

  • Joanna P.

    Beautiful

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That was a spectacular hike. Thank you, Stephan and Sylvia.

    January 5, 2013

  • Frances H.

    ! Hey Joanna! I'm so sorry, but my last passenger just confirmed!

    January 4, 2013

    • Stephan D.

      Hi Joanna, you meet us at Chick fil A, Blazenka and her guest are not confirmed.

      January 4, 2013

    • Joanna P.

      Stephan....Thank You kindly, but I already made plans to just drive up. I have family visiting me later so I won't be able to stay for the lunch.

      January 4, 2013

  • Frances H.

    Hey Daniel, sounds good! But we are meeting at Chick-fil-A. See address above. See ya tomorrow!

    January 4, 2013

  • Frances H.

    Joanna,
    I may have room in my car if you still need a space. I will know by 6 tonight.

    January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks Frances, my son (joe) will car pool with you, if space is still available. Meet at 7:00 at Target on Day Street.

      January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to attend if there is an opening. I live in La Quinta so I have no problem driving to TH. Thanks

    January 4, 2013

  • Frances H.

    Hey Daniel,
    Sure, your son can ride with us. See you tomorrow!

    January 4, 2013

  • Vinay

    For those carpooling from Beaumont, lets meet at the Denny's on 449 E 4TH ST, BEAUMONT, CA 92223 at 8:15 am. This Denny's is off the Hwy 79/Beaumont Avenue exit from the 10 fwy. So far, I have Elena (+1) and Robert in my car. I can take 1 more.

    December 29, 2012

    • Vinay

      Ruby, Yes you can join us. Meet you at the Denny's.

      January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Vinay!

      January 4, 2013

  • Joanna P.

    Stephen.....can I take one of those spots to carpool with u guys. Let me know. Thanks.

    January 4, 2013

  • Frances H.

    Hi Daniel!
    I didn't see your RSVP with your son until now, but we can squeeze him in if he's not too big! My car seats 5, but snug!

    January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Frances, I have got a spot with Stephan. In the event I can get my son up, where are you meeting for the car pool? I will get him to ride with you. I will confirm this before 5 today. Thanks for the offer.

      January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be driving from Redlands as well if anyone wants to come with me and Miriam. Michael and Angela, you two are welcome to ride in my car as well.

    December 28, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Nancy. See you Saturday.

      January 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Nancy. I'm so excited about the hike too! I've been looking forward to it all month. See you all tomorrow

      January 4, 2013

  • Maya

    Stephan
    Do u still have room for carpool for me?

    January 4, 2013

  • Stephan D.

    So far, I have Blazenka, her guest, and Danita. I can fit one more.

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone carpooling from Riverside or close by that I can meet up with?

    January 4, 2013

  • Frances H.

    Hi Patricia!
    I hope you got my e-mail. If not, we are meeting at Chick-fil-A on Day St./60 at 7am. E-mail me if you want my number. See you there!

    January 3, 2013

    • Patricia M.

      Hi Frances, I will see you at Chick-fil-A. And thank you for your email. I didn't see the first one.

      January 3, 2013

  • Joanna P.

    If any one needs a ride from Riverside...let me know. [masked]

    January 2, 2013

  • Joanna P.

    So glad there was room to add me. See u Sat.

    January 2, 2013

  • Frances H.

    Hi Patricia,
    I will be driving with a friend, so you are welcome to ride with us. My car seats four comfortably, so there's room for one more, if anyone else in the group needs a ride. Gas money would be appreciated!

    December 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be leaving from Redlands, as well. Happy to have someone carpool with me, but I'll probably stop at Salvation Mountain and Slab City for some shots, depending on how much time there is.

    December 29, 2012

  • Frances H.

    I would like to carpool either from Riverside or Beaumont, whoever still has room. I can pitch in for gas. Thanks!

    December 24, 2012

    • Patricia M.

      I live in Riverside, I would like to carpool too.

      December 24, 2012

  • Miriam B.

    Hi Stephan I have a friend that will like to go, I notice there is no spots left, however if there people canceling please let me know if this is possble. Thankyou very much and have a merry christmas and new year!

    December 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just an FYI...We just did this hike on the 8th, and one of the ladders is not only offset, but rather difficult to get onto as well as off of. We had a few tall guys there w/ us helping us on & off of this offset ladder, which i dont see happening w/out...Apparently it was moved & rejointed into the wall to the right of the path because of water flowings...The most amazing hike ever though, but we did an extra w/ 10 miles ; ) Simply amazing~!

    December 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I remember those ladders, wear and tear too :) beautiful hike. Maybe we could bring some rope to help if needed... I'll see what we have at our scout house

      1 · December 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      We had rope, but never had to use it..of course those using it would need to know repeling as well, (maybe; 0), ...hopefully you just have some tall guys w/ long strong arms : ) Only one ladder was out of place though..the rest were a piece of cake ; )

      1 · December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any wait list for this hike?

    December 14, 2012

  • Vinay

    Any interest in a carpool from Beaumont/Banning area. I'd be happy to drive if carpoolers pitch in for gas.

    December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Michael, I'd like to join you. I'm also in Redlands. Let me know where we should meet.

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone wants to carpool, I will be driving from Redlands

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I so wanted to go too! Dec 8 was perfect :(

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    THIS sounds amazing.

    December 2, 2012

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