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Painted Canyon Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (4)

A simple trail that is great for geology fans.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

Point to Point

1,297' 395 m

High

696' 212 m

Low

630' 192 m

Up

30' 9 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail is easy to navigate, and there is plenty to see along the way!

The area is sometimes closed due to flash flooding.

Description

This trail is a great trail if you are a geology fan. You wind through a huge canyon full of minerals and all kinds of rocks. Though this trail is great as an out-and-back, it's also a pleasant addition to a loop. If you are feeling daring, you can take the Ladder Canyon Trail to its junction with this trail, and then hike this one in reverse.

The trail is really easy to hike and navigate, but it's very exposed and there is little shade along the way. Make sure you take precautions for the sun. On a normal day, you would be out here for a few hours, so make sure you have everything you would need: water, food, sunscreen/clothes and hats. The sun is no joke here, especially in the summer.

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Tyrel Duckett

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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View from the trail
Mar 5, 2022 near Mecca, CA
View from the trail
Mar 5, 2022 near Mecca, CA
Ladder and Painted Canyons
Dec 1, 2017 near Mecca, CA
Although the surroundings are pretty barren, there is still some plant life in the wide wash of the Painted Canyon Trail.
Mar 29, 2017 near Mecca, CA
You get a true sense of the Ladder Canyon Trail's steep-sided passage when looking from above.
Mar 30, 2017 near Mecca, CA
Painted Canyon
Apr 17, 2018 near Mecca, CA

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