Hike of the Month: Painted Canyon & Ladder Canyon Loop

Get out to Mecca Hills for a moderate 4.5-mile hike through towering slot canyons.

Emily Chavous Foster Current Guide, Hiking

Mecca Hills is full of worthwhile hikes.

Nearby Mecca Hills contains spectacular slot canyons reminiscent of those found in Utah. The unpaved Painted Canyon Road leads to this moderate 4.5-mile loop, which requires squeezing through a few narrow passageways and scaling a series of ladders. The hike begins with a flat, easy stroll over sand through Painted Canyon; progresses through the more adventurous Ladder Canyon; then opens up along a ridgeline trail with great views before descending back into Painted Canyon and to the start. Bring plenty of water and be aware that there is ordinarily no cell phone service.

Each month, we spotlight a Coachella Valley trail. To read about former featured hikes, click here