Grottos Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Desert Center, California that features a cave and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from October until April.
Grapefruit Blvd (also Hwy 111), left on 66th Ave. which will transition to Box Canyon Rd., you'll have to drive approximately 2 to 5 miles after you pass Painted Canyon Road "T" intersection staying on Box Canyon Road.
I finally know what it feels like to go to he'll and back. a word of advice to others, bring a GPS your phone won't get reception, bring more than a gallon of water I ran out 3/4s of the way through the trail because I got lost, bring repelling gear for decent down steep side mountains; the terrain was hard to keep footing. Also last but not least don't trust the topo maps they aren't accurate. Have fun and please plan for the worst but enjoy the hike.
This trail is very difficult to follow, there are a few poles with rocks on them to help guide you as well as some rock arrows out. Went on a Saturday morning with not a single person around. The trailhead sign is gone but 2 poles are still there, be careful to park on the hard dirt so you don't come back to being stuck in sand. Make sure you use the mapped trail and follow it through if you start the loop to the right the grottos are caved in. You can either crawl through the hole to the left or climb over it to the right you will need to climb a few other places as well. The trail is extremely washed out and at many times will break down as you walk on it. Be careful out there!
Great place to get lost. Only saw one other couple on a Monday morning hike. Trails are not well marked and bring lots of water. The grottos were fun to climb through.... Descending by rope into one and having to squeeze through on all fours to get through some of the passages. It is difficult and for those who are up for a little bit of everything.... Great hilltop views, dry canyons beds, and of course the grottos..... Have fun.
Btw. Make sure you check your map or gps regularly to ensure you don't miss the trail or get lost.... Be safe.
Had a great time took the trek to the right the cave in the back is caved in so I had to find an alternate route but I found one and went through the other side cave and had a great time views are spectacular