We did this hike today and really enjoyed it. Out goal was to do the slot canyon first with the ladders, get up on the ridge, then come back down the Painted Canyon. However, within 100 yards of the start of the trail we mistakenly went too far left and ended going up a side canyon that eventually led to a series of ascents made with the aid of fixed ropes. It was fun, but we scraped ourselves a bit and some of the ropes are getting a bit frayed. Unless you are good with rope ascents I would advise that you stick to the right of the main trail at the start until you get to the canyon that has the ladders to climb. If you are in a narrow canyon and have gone more than a 1/4 mile without seeing the signpost and the big rock arrows on the ground pointing left, you are likely in the wrong canyon and should turn around. Eventually we made it to the top of the ridge (had to do a bit of a scramble), followed the trail down into the Painted Canyon and came out the way we had planned. Take lots of water and do the trail before it gets too hot.
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