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Painted Canyon

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Amazing scenery and friendly hikers along the way

We came out to Palm Springs for the Coachella Festival and looked into a fun hike in the area. We... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
thebullett63
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New York City, New York
via mobile
beautiful!!

Definitely take the time for the Ladder hike- somewhat challenging, but we saw all ages on the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
pauliepalmz
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twinsburg, ohio
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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“dirt road” (21 reviews)
“great hike” (24 reviews)
“ladder trail” (8 reviews)
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Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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"dirt road"
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"the loop"
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"parking lot"
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"wheel drive"
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"rock fall"
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"arrow pointing"
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"leave early in the morning"
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"after reading several reviews"
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"metal ladders"
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"tight places"
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"hiking sandals"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We came out to Palm Springs for the Coachella Festival and looked into a fun hike in the area. We were not disappointed. The terrain was a little gnarly at points because we went off the main trial by accident but we were able to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely take the time for the Ladder hike- somewhat challenging, but we saw all ages on the trail. The whole thing took us about 3 hours, lots of great scenery- loved the canyons

1  Thank pauliepalmz
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the coolest hikes I've been on. The narrow corridors, the vertical walls that rise several hundred feet above you and the added bonus of a little scrambling and a few ladders to climb made the otherwise flat hike even more fun....More

1  Thank mrw71
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth the relatively bumpy ride on the dirt road off the highway. Hiked with 3 kids (ages 8, 10, 12) and they loved it.

Thank Bryan W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of the way, past Mecca, long bumpy dirt road, soft sand parking lot. The surrounding mountains have differing shades of green and brown and orange and blue colors, probably changing with time of day. You can hike up the San Andreas Canyon fault, climbing...More

Thank 8Peter
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having hiked Angels Landing in Zion we thought, what the heck, we can handle a few ladders. Well, let's just say that while this hike is far less dangerous than Angels Landing, there are some treacherous parts. The 5 mile loop hike is fairly easy,...More

3  Thank LisaLovesTravel1013
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drive a few miles of washboard road and then park and walk up the many canyons. Slowly. Stop. Look. Enjoy. If on a cloudy day the entire view is really memorable! And this is the bottom end of the San Andreas fault. Can you find...More

Thank Early B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our fourth time here and our fourth time in the Canyon. Kids love bouldering, hiking the ladders and enjoying snacks at the summit. It should be the number one thing to do near Palm Springs. Pack lots of water and some snacks for the top....More

1  Thank Brent T
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As with other reviews downside is signage. lack of washrooms and dirt road All else is spectacular. Dirt road sign says 4 wheel drive only but I believe all cars can easily do it We took I think the easier route as went up about...More

1  Thank kdowdall
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

My wife and I hiked the Ladder Canyon in February and it was one of the highlights of our trip. The entrance is difficult to find but once you are in the canyon, it is a surreal experience. Walking in between the beautiful rocks, you...More

3  Thank Justin B
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120nicole
7 March 2018|
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Response from AnnKoYo | Reviewed this property |
We did not use a guide but there were plenty of other people on the trail on a Saturday morning - not crowded, but enough that if you had a questions you did not have to wait long to get an answer. Two tricky parts - when... More
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maeme43
11 April 2017|
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Response from Blaine J | Reviewed this property |
This is not a state park, but the surroundings are amazing, and as we just found out this year there are many other hikes close by.( The Grotto, Hidden Springs, all in the Mecca Hills area.....) Enjoy!
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Charles J
9 April 2017|
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Response from Brent T | Reviewed this property |
I don't know of any ropes on the main climb. All fixed ladders. The hike from the plateau toward the antenna towers and then back down the dry canyon is a bit of a slog so we usually just reverse our path back down the... More
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