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Painted Canyon

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Ladders Hike

The ladders hike is located here. Head down I10 toward the Salton Sea. Jump off the freeway and... read more

Reviewed June 7, 2016
John W
Seattle, Washington
Beautiful but unmarked

After reading several reviews cautioning about auto break ins, we decided to give it a try and... read more

Reviewed May 25, 2016
Fort Payne, Alabama
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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good21%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“dirt road” (16 reviews)
“ladder trail” (8 reviews)
“salton sea” (16 reviews)
Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Reviewed June 7, 2016

The ladders hike is located here. Head down I10 toward the Salton Sea. Jump off the freeway and you see amazingly productive farms and maybe the sea. The last 4-5 miles to the trailhead can be a dusty, rough road. Follow the arrows in the...More

1  Thank John W
Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

After reading several reviews cautioning about auto break ins, we decided to give it a try and leave nothing in the car. It is way off the beaten path. The road you turn onto to go to the canyon clearly states that you need a...More

1  Thank Silesky
Reviewed May 18, 2016

We arrived at 0700. Rather than take the first route we chose to go to the end and work backwards. While I think this is easier physically it requires climbing down rock faces rather than up them. While climbing up requires more effort I feel...More

1  Thank paddyPortland_Oregon
Reviewed May 3, 2016

Another lovely location for a hike and great to see the many colors of the rocks and cliff faces:)...

1  Thank AussiesvisitUSA
Reviewed March 30, 2016

We had a great hike at painted canyon! Make sure you pick the right slot canyon (there are rock arrows on the ground) so you don't end up adding 2 hours to your hike, like we did. Also, watch out for rattle snakes, they camouflage...More

5  Thank naturegirl964
Reviewed March 30, 2016

once you figure out which way to go it s a great hike. follow the arrow made with stone on the ground at the trailhead , and the hike through the narrow part of the canyon is interesting ! then the view from the top...More

Thank tourist78paris
Reviewed March 23, 2016

This is a good, solid hike that turns out to be exhausting not because of difficulty or change in altitude, but hiking a long while through the sand on the floor of the canyon takes work. We hiked up to where the canyon splits and...More

4  Thank victoriag895
Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

This was a beautiful hike. You go from walking through narrow canyons to the top of the mountain where you can see so far around you. Beautiful views of the Salton Sea and the Coachella Valley. There are several ladders to climb, that are leaning...More

2  Thank nsbeachgirl69
Reviewed March 7, 2016

I had started prepared but not expecting to do the hike. The minute I pulled into the parking lot at the trail head there was no doubt I'd do the hike. The trail starts off wide and begins to meander. Several hundred feet in there...More

7  Thank CATTSAR
Reviewed February 10, 2016

This is a very popular hike. We camped at the trailhead (in a truck/camper) for 3 nights and the parking lot was packed most of the day. My husband, a friend and I hiked the main Ladder Trail one day and it was a beautiful...More

1  Thank Taku2
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April 11, 2017|
Response from Tom S | Reviewed this property |
I don't think this is a state park. Since there is no fee to enter Painted Canyon. There isn't anything to drive around. You actually park in a small lot and then hike around. If you are physically able, I would... More
Charles J
April 9, 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
March 13, 2017|
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Response from eandrade760 | Reviewed this property |
My best advice is, if you have a smart phone with navigation system, just type in painted canyon as your destination. Took me right to the entrance of the hike. When you enter, you have two options. Left: will take you... More