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.
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.
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.