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CANCELLED-Explorator­y hike-Hiking the Ladders in Painted Canyon, Mecca(Part 2)

  • Mar 1, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Okay, the last time we were here, we discovered some new routes with ladders.  As a result, we had folks interested in exploring this area.  Therefore, this hike will vary in mileage because of the exploratory nature.    So be in hiking shape.  I am guessing it will take approximately 3-4 hours.  If you are up for the adventure, RSVP.  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 will vary in mileage because of exploratory nature.  So be in hiking shape.  It will take approximately 3-4 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 where 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. 

Direction:

If you are sensitive about getting your car dirty, you may want to carpool.  Painted Canyon road is a dirt road you'll drive on for 4 miles.

• Take I-10 E past Palm Springs.

• Slight right at California 86S S (signs for Brawley/El Centro/86S Expy) 12.1 miles.

• Turn left onto 66th Ave., 0.7 miles. (Starbucks is located here for a restroom stop[masked]th Ave, Mecca, CA).

• Turn left onto 111 Hwy., 600 Ft.                                                                  

• Turn right onto 4th st. 500 Ft.                                                                       

• Turn right onto Hammond Rd. 0.2 Miles.

• Turn left onto 66th Ave. 4.7 miles.

• Turn right onto PAINTED CANYON ROAD, then travel down the dirt road approximately 4 miles until you dead-end at a dirt parking lot.

Lunch:
Fantasy Springs Casino
The Fresh Grill Buffet
[masked] Indio Springs Drive, Indio, CA

Bring: ~1.5-2liters of water, snacks, running shoes or hiking boots, comfortable/warm clothing

If you bring a guest you must stay with them and are responsible for their safety

Disclaimer: The Organizer and Assistant Organizers in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer and Assistant Organizers of the inland empire hiking club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone wants to come play in the snow in Big Bear let me know!

    3 · February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      YES. Me! I really want to come up. I have not been in falling snow for years now. And Victoria says she has never been. That is just wrong

      1 · February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Did you get my FB message.

      February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Due to the rain storm moving through the area, Saturday's Ladders hike is canceled. I will rescheduled this activity for a different date in the future. So please update your RSVP status accordingly and sorry for the inconvenience.

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=33.571692&lon=-116.07722439999998&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=Mecca%2C%20CA%2092254%2C%20USA#.Uw4GnuJKT2g

    Have a nice rest to your week!

    February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Frank, my number is[masked]

      February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Robert. I changed my RSVP :)

      February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lori, do you have anymore room left in your car?

    February 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      As long as it isnt raining is it still ok to carpool with you Robert.

      February 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes Annette you can join my carpool. See the meet up time and location somewhere in the comment area.

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tom, can I catch a ride with you from Banning/Beaumont?

    February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Tom, Do you have room for one more?

      February 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, and email is on its way.

      February 25, 2014

  • Maya

    Im looking for a crpool, does anyone have room?

    February 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Maya, I have room. I'll send you an email. (But the weather forecast is saying this is NOT gonna happen.)

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a fusion will it make it there in the rainy weather if there is any

    February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to drive and have room for two.

    February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a chance of showers in the Mecca area Friday and Saturday. Definitely high percentage of rain in the Inland Empire area. I will update everyone Thursday evening on the situation. If the weather is fine in Mecca Saturday but has rained a day or two in the area prior to us getting there, I caution you driving your car on the 4.5-mile dirt road. I have heard of folks requiring a tow as a result of getting stuck in the mud. Experienced drivers with 4x4 vehicles should be fine. Stay tuned.....

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone else have room for 2 more in their carpool coming from Riverside-ish area?

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think so. I will text Lori to confirm. Thanks for reminding me.

    February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Andy, do you have your ride figured out? I believe Lori said something about you guys carpooling together.

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, please! Bigger car! Party on! :)

    1 · February 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Frank and Andy, hangout on the wait list. You guys will be able to go. There's a couple people on the attendee list now that typically drop out. You'll go as a result of them dropping. So hangout!

      February 15, 2014

    • Julie

      Frank, I have taken my Prius down that road many times!

      February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up that have to do that weekend. Sorry to miss it. Wanted to see you crazy people again!! ;)

    February 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking to carpool from the IE. Willing to drive, room for 3 more.

    February 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We need a bigger car so we can party on!!!!!

      1 · February 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Robert, Is there a Limit to the people allowed to do this hike? I am doing the Bnaff later this day with u guys too. Its not possible to just meet you there?

      February 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Tom and Vinay, hangout on the wait list. You guys will be able to go. There's a couple people on the attendee list now that typically drop out. You'll go as a result of them dropping. So hangout!

    1 · February 6, 2014

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