Ladder Canyon Trail

MODERATE 139 reviews
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Ladder Canyon Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Desert Center, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles 1492 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

old growth

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

Grapefruit Blvd (also Hwy 111), left on 66th Ave, which will transition to Box Canyon Rd., left on Painted Canyon Rd.

hiking
4 hours ago

A fun trail with a little of everything; ladders, slot canyons, views! Managed to convince relatives 75+ and they completed with no issues, but then they are in great shape!

hiking
23 hours ago

Great hike very easy with beautiful views

4 days ago

Best Hike Ever! Amazing!

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10 days ago

This is super fun! You will actually climb a few ladders! The canyons are quite the site. It's easy to get lost, so I would take a map and/or go with a group of friends, especially on your first time.

hiking
13 days ago

Absolutely loved this trail. Took the wrong way at the beginning but it ended up being so much better. When you start, you should KEEP RIGHT to take ladder canyon trail (the wider trail). I took a smaller trail that forked off to the left right at the start. That took me up Rope Canyon. Very narrow and a few places you have to use ropes to get up some walls and walk sideways to fit through narrow slots. Super cool if you like a little adventure and if you can pull yourself up a few ropes and fit in tight spaces. I Came back ladder canyon. Took me a while to figure out how to connect with that trail at the end. Had to crawl up a wash wall but made it. Not well marked. Super beautiful. There are so many side trails to take and explore, it's way fun. I recommend having a paper map with you when you go. Doing this again before it gets hot. Don't suggest this in the summer. Not much shade unless you're in one of the narrows and no breeze in the washes. 5 stars!
Oh and the road said 4 wheel drive only but any car can make it. It's just a dirt road.

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20 days ago

STAY RIGHT AT THE ENTRANCE! We went left into the rope canyon, which is technical but lots of fun (if you're in very good shape). When you get to the top be very aware of the rock arrows on the ground... we missed it and went a mile in the wrong direction. It's a fabulous experience but not well marked, so be very aware.

21 days ago

22 days ago

Really cool slot canyon hike. Ladders and trails in good shape despite the recent rains. We had to turn around early because of time constraints, but will be back to do the full loop.

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30 days ago

Awesome!

30 days ago

Fantastic! Too hard for small children or elderly but WOW! So many different gorgeous views!

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful views, moderate exertion. Absolutely worth checking out!! It's a lot of fun and kids can easily handle it.

1 month ago

I took my small car and was just fine. it feel like driving on a washboard getting there though. At the very very beginning of the trail there is a small tree on the left with a little path going between it and the canyon wall I followed this and it lead me to a canyon opening behind the tree. This I learned does not go the ladders. It goes to climbing the ropes. when I finally made it out of the canyon after 3 ropes you immediately go up the ridge on the right and at the top you're greeted by an arrow pointing towards you and from there the only way to go is left. i was told to go right at the second arrow but never found it. the trail on the ridge looked like it scrambled up a rock before continuing. at this point there's a trail that connects to the ridge that goes down into another canyon. i decided to go down into the canyon. once at the bottom I turned right which took me to the ladders and back to the parking lot.