Night Hike Painted Canyon

Rate this Adventure San Diego Mecca Hills Wilderness Trails

Added by Juan Moreno

Great HikingStunning ViewsSlot CanyonsLadder CanyonsGeologic FormationsOther Worldly ViewsViews of Surrounding AreasGreat Night PhotographyThe Rush of Hiking at Night2-3 mile loop hikes

Take Box Canyon Rd to Painted Canyon Road. Painted Canyon Road is a dirt road, so exercise caution. The road dead ends at the Painted Canyon Trailhead parking lot.

Once on the trail, look out for markers and arrow rock piles pointing to the slot canyons and other trails. Some climbing is necessary to access the tight areas of the canyons, but it's not too difficult. The slots are fun as they lead upward to the top of the hills and offer stunning views of the Mecca Hills, the canyons below, and surrounding areas like the Salton Sea. And of course, be sure to take in the night sky. There are great photo opportunities throughout.

Note:

  • Trail loops are around 2-3 miles round trip
  • No Restrooms so be prepared

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking Apparel
  • Camera
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Anything that will make your trip more enjoyable
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Features:

Scenic
Wildlife

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Added by Juan Moreno

Photography is my passion. In order to photograph beautiful places, you have to go out and look for them.

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