Grottos Trail

HARD 13 reviews
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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.

8.7 miles
1,584 feet



nature trips




over grown



washed out

no shade

no dogs

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.

1 month ago

The Grottos can easily be gone through without a rope or climbing gear. You will need a light unless you are up for groping your way through in the dark. If you don't see an opening look to the left or right side, there is a rope in one place if I remember right. One passage is very narrow and a bit of a scramble but not difficult.

6 months ago

The grotto is fun. The trail shown in All Trails is not there in many places. Some washouts and in some areas the trail is extremely dangerous. TAKE ROPE AND GLOVES! My wife and I back tracked through the Grotto since trail became too dangerous for us.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Starts out as a pretty boring walk through the wash, but gets to be a lot of fun once you start caving. Bring friends and plenty of water.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bring a ton of WATER. No joke, it was hot out there. I probably didn’t follow the standard trail, as I took the ridge. I’m guessing it goes thru Hidden Spring trail. I did get to parts that you can crawl thru. I didn’t end up going thru the whole thing. Saw many interesting formations and points of interest. Not a soul was out there. Plan well so as to not get lost. Poles and arrows helped a lot. I Saw a tree that looked like Lima beans were in the pods, but could be poisonous; no idea.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

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!

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

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.

Monday, February 22, 2016

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

recorded Recording - Jan 20, 02:58 PM

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