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.
dogs on leash
Grapefruit Blvd (also Hwy 111), left on 66th Ave, which will transition to Box Canyon Rd., left on Painted Canyon Rd.
Road to get to this hike is gravel and was not in good shape. Couldn't go much faster then 10 miles an hour. It is worth the trip though. To enjoy the ladders follow the rock piles in the shape of arrows that turn you left after a few minutes of hiking. It looks like you are being pointed into a rock face but there is a trail in there. The first half hour or so is where the ladders are. After that you will end up at the top of the canyon looking down. It is neat but a very long hot walk in the sun. If you are doing the full loop when you are up top walk towards the towers to go on the correct path. The last part of the loop, or if you don't turn left and go up the ladders is a wide canyon with amazing different rock colours and textures.
Great time. Easy and very nice.
An incredible hike!! Many different canyons to explore... from the ladders, to the 20ft rope, to the painted canyon... HIGHLY RECOMMEND and will be back!!
The canyons are beautiful, and all of the rock formations are worth seeing. There are only 2-3 ladders, which was disappointing. It is a beautiful hike, but wouldn't go out of my way to do it again.
Such a fun trail! Kind of hidden, but don't miss out on the ladders it's beautiful in there. At the top the view looks over all the canyons.
Awesome is all I have to say.
Great Family Hike
follow the road about 5 miles in
Loved this hike!! We have done it twice and keep recommending it to others!
Great hike for everyone, the canyons are so diverse.
This is an amazing hike! We did the ladders side and it is beautiful inside the canyon. After reaching the top, we didn't do the full loop on the ridge. Instead we went left at the arrow and then another left after we a fan the decent. This dropped us down into the canyon again and we returned the same way we came in. There is some steep climbing, large step ups but is very doable! We'll definitely go back.
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!