Hike Ladder Canyon in Mecca Hills

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Distance

4.5 miles

Elevation Gain

990 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by Michael Fricke

Cool hike that involves climbing ladders and walking through canyons up to great views on the Mecca Hills and Salton Sea

From Box Canyon Road turn on to Painted Canyon Road a dirt road that will lead you to the trailhead. From the trailhead start into the canyon. After a few hundred feet there will be rocks forming an arrow pointing you towards a ladder. Go up the ladder and follow the trail from here. There will be a few ladders on the way up. You will climb up to top of the canyon and get some great views. Follow the ridge and rock arrows until you are back in the large main canyon you started in. There are a few side canyons you can explore on the way out that are optional. There are two ladders on the way down if you do the loop this way.

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Awesome hike

This is one of my favs desert/canyon hiking in California

Stunning hike.

Absolutely a must. Best to use a 4WD or AWD to get to trailhead.

Phenomenal hike

Phenomenal hike for the whole family. My 10 year old and i had a blast with this trail!

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5.0/5

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