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3 days ago

Beautiful trail. Fairly easy to find but I accidentally took a private road coming back. Easy parking, clean bathrooms, great views!

3 days ago

Hiked Painted Canyon and the Ladders Trail yesterday. The road signs say 4WD vehicles only, but we drove two 2WD vehicles (one small sedan and a mini van). The road was soft and sandy in a few spots, but we had no problem driving to the trail head. There were other 2WD cars parked at the trail head as well.

The ladders were all in excellent shape. Just one ladder had one broken rung. Thank you volunteer trails workers.

Great easy trail

on Blue Ridge Trail

4 days ago

This was a really nice hike! The TH was a little hard to find at first, not easily visible from the highway. Once I found it, the rest of the trail was easy to follow even in the snow. The beginning of the trail had ice so I was moving at a slower pace until I passed that as I didn't have any Yaktrax. As I got higher in elevation, there was a lot more snow making the scenery even more pretty! I hiked with my dog and we started at 8:30am (I would have started earlier but couldn't find the TH) so we were the only ones on the trail for quite a long time. We stopped at an area close to the campground and relaxed for a bit before making our way back down. The TH is in between the two Mountain High Resort parking lots so Hwy 2 is jammed packed with cars!!! We drove out around 12:30pm (heading east) and the line of vehicles, heading west on Hwy 2, stretched for miles!

We are planning on going on MLK day and would like to know the condition of canyon Rd. Especially with the rain fall we received for the past few days. We planning on taking a 2WD. Update 1/21/19- Road is accessible for any 2WD. I saw from small vechicles like versa to SUV and mini vans. As long you stay the main road you should be fine. all ladders were in good condition. great hike, highly recommend.

9 days ago

Great hike, check out my guide on HikingGuy for more info

10 days ago

Easy yet epic hike, check out my guide here: https://hikingguy.com/hiking-trails/best-la-hikes/devils-chair-hike-devils-punchbowl-natural-area/

11 days ago

This hike was incredible. We had 4 wheel drive and had no problem getting down painted canyon road. All of the ladders we encountered were metal and pretty sturdy, except for the occasional broken rung. Definitely worth the climb for the amazing views.

11 days ago

Was on the trail yesterday and the road is in excellent condition. If you stay on the main road and don't go off onto the sandy off shoots on the road you will not need a 4 wheel drive. The trail is in excellent condition however none of the ladders are bolted down any longer so you may want to have fellow hikers hold the ladder steady as you ascend or descend. The ladder at mile 2 which is the last one before you emerge up from the lower canyon is in bad shape. One of the middle rungs has broken through and ladder is swaying sideways from metal fatigue. I suspect this will need to be replaced very soon other wise you will have to turn back as there is no way to circumnavigate this area. Once you emerge out of the canyon and descend into the lower wider canyon there are lots of flowers and great views of the massive canyon walls. On the last 2 down climb ladders the last ladder is in poor condition. The last 2 rungs are blown out and most of the other rungs look like they could go anytime. Proceed with caution on that one! other than that the trail is amazing and in good condition. Highly recommend!

Beautiful and unique hike. We are a four person family with two college age kids and it was fun for all. Slightly challenging in some parts but worth it for the views. Makes you feel like you are an explorer!

Hike was very nice !!!

hey john, box canyon is still closed and you will definitely need 4WD for painted canyon road (some parts are soft sand)

Beautiful trail, great for beginners. Lots to see and explore.

Great hike with friends

19 days ago

Great hike! Well marked trail, beautiful views, and Devil's Chair itself was quite an experience (for a person that is not too keen on heights!). The day was cold and windy and we went early...which was a good thing, because a huge group was on it's way up when we were coming out. Many parts of the trail are single track and washed out, especially on the way down to the Chair. Best to go early to avoid any weekend crowds. We tried to do the Punchbowl Loop, but the wind was just blowing too hard. Will do that the next time I go. The rock formations are truly beautiful!

It’s called Windy Gap for a reason! Super windy and chilly at the top, but such a nice view at the top. The trail head starts inside Crystal Lake Campground and you need a parking pass. We hiked to the top of windy gap then to Little Jimmy Campground for lunch, it was wonderful.

John, we will be there in two weeks with a rental car. Like you, hoping to hear of road conditions on Painted Canyon Road. Please update if you decide to go. Thanks!

Beautiful hike.

22 days ago

Beautiful trail! Got to break in my new hiking shoes

22 days ago

Loved this hike. I would say it is on the easy to moderate side based on my experience with other AllTrails hikes and ratings. The hike in is a breeze. The walk down to the chair is steep for about 25 yards and then easy peasy. I do hike a lot, as my daughter reminds me, but it is not hard at all. As for the trail eroding, it's not bad at all. I have a fear of narrow, steep trails, and I was able to do this without too much effort. Beautiful area! It would probably be hot in the morning in the summer months when the sun is shining on the trail, but most of this trail is in the shade on the north side of the mountain. Cool in late December.

Can anyone please provide road conditions??? I plan to visit the area Saturday, January 5th. Thanks much

23 days ago

there's patches of snow and ice, so be prepared for that.

My friends and I were camping down below and decided to go on a hike. we thought this was the 2 mile hike and as inexperienced hikers we packed a granola bar each and a bottle of water each. "Travel light" we thought. it was mid July and about 80° one kid forgot his water so we had to share with him. Thankfully even with the dehydration and hunger, we still enjoyed this hike. Once you reach the "chair" it's well worth it.

Awesome 4 mile hike. The mine at the end of the trail is super cool

Nice adventurous hike without being too difficult. Loved the slot canyon and variety of rocks.

Amazing history along the trail. It is an easier, family friendly trail.

I did this hike just a month ago and it was absolutely stunning!!! I highly recommend!

This is a very unique hike and one of the best. The view of the Salton Sea once you are up top is spectacular. The slot canyon, diversity of rock types and formations and views from the top made this hike a must do for us. We will do it again for sure.

We missed the stone arrow showing the way to do the loop clockwise so did it in reverse. The bolder scramble and entrance to the trail is relatively early on the trail. The arrow is very close to the left side - there is a small aluminum ladder to look for. The trail is very wide, so we didn’t see the arrow but going counterclockwise wasn’t bad at all. The main difference as far as I can tell is that you walk half the time at a slight incline in the sand. If you were to go clockwise, you would do most of the ladders and rocky ascent going up.

I would also like to thank the volunteers for their time and effort making sure the ladders are there so this hike is possible. All were in fine working condition. I didn’t see any wood ladders.

28 days ago

We hiked the Ladder Canyon today, the ladders are all good. Then on to the cellphone towers at the top and down via Big Painted Canyon. Never have figured an easy route from the towers into the top of the Canyon. The two short ladders in the main Canyon are fine. Painted Canyon Road is fine. I wish I knew who put the ladders in so I could thank them but in this crazy age they probably will never come forward in case someone falls off and tried to sue ... that's America today. One of my favorite hikes anywhere.

29 days ago

Great short-ish hike. Pretty well covered throughout with beautiful views of the high desert. The beginning mile and end mile are steep but the bulk of the hike is pretty easy. A few hairy spots where the trail is eroding pretty bad, but all in all this is a good hike with kids/dogs.

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