Best trails in Mecca Hills Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Mecca Hills Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Mecca Hills Wilderness ranging from 3.4 to 12.1 km and from 130 to 419 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Thanks to the restless San Andreas Fault, the geologic formations of Mecca Hills Wilderness are among the most unusual sites of their kind in the world. Entire regions are exposed layers of eroded rock, some over 600 million years old, and are a source of valuable information to scientists about the effects of tremors on the earth's crust. The area is a badlands labyrinth, a natural maze of small, narrow, steep canyons. Colorful Painted Canyon runs in a general north-south path through the middle of the Wilderness. Sandy washes sprinkled with ironwood, smoke trees, and paloverde divide the area, while ocotillo squat on gentler slopes and the tops of mesas. Bighorn sheep occasionally cross over from the Orocopia Mountains on the east, where they find more water. You may see spotted bats, desert tortoises, and prairie falcons. The non-Wilderness corridor of Box Canyon Road splits off a small southern section of the area in which you'll find Sheep Hole Oasis and Hidden Springs Canyon (reliable sources for water). If you look closely, you'll discover caves, known locally as grottoes.
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Map of trails in Mecca Hills Wilderness
Park information
Acreage
26242 acres
Park hours
Monday
All day
Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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Contact
760-833-7117
Top trails (15)
#1 - Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 7.9 km • Est. 2 h 35 m
Note: The trail closes periodically due to flood conditions. For current conditions, please check here: https://rctlma.org/trans/road_main_road_closures.aspx This trail has ladders which may be trickShow more
#2 - Rope Canyon Trail
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 3.4 km • Est. 1 h 6 m
Rope Canyon Trail is a 3.4 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mecca, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#3 - Painted Canyon
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 6.8 km • Est. 2 h 13 m
Painted Canyon is a 6.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mecca, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#4 - Painted Canyon Road
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 15.1 km
This is an easy dirt road that leads to several great hiking trails.Show more
#5 - Little Painted Canyon Trail
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 7.2 km • Est. 2 h 20 m
Seldom used trail. Great for dogs because there are no ladders. Trail may close periodically for flooding.Show more
#6 - Mecca Hills Grotto Trail
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 14.0 km • Est. 4 h 34 m
Mecca Hills Grotto Trail is a 14.0 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mecca, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers.Show more
#7 - Slot Canyon
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 12.1 km • Est. 3 h 38 m
Slot Canyon is a 12.1 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mecca, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#8 - Ladders Canyon Loop
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 8.5 km • Est. 2 h 51 m
Ladders Canyon Loop is a 8.5 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mecca, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#9 - Grottos 1 via Hidden Springs Oasis and Sheep Hole Oasis
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 10.5 km • Est. 3 h 23 m
This hike was with the Indio Senior Hiking Group. It is a reasonably difficult hike that requires climbing over rocks and going through Grottos 1 (cave and tight slot canyons). Don't forget you needShow more
#10 - Hidden Spring Trail
Mecca Hills Wilderness
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Length: 4.7 km • Est. 1 h 31 m
Hidden Spring Trail is a 4.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mecca, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activShow more
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