Ladder Canyon Trail

MODERATE 164 reviews
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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.

5.3 miles 1492 feet Loop

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


old growth



washed out

no dogs

Grapefruit Blvd (also Hwy 111), left on 66th Ave, which will transition to Box Canyon Rd., left on Painted Canyon Rd.

6 hours ago

Great moderate hike!

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2 days ago

Fun hike with ladders and beautiful canyons!

5 days ago

8 days ago

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.

10 days ago

Great time. Easy and very nice.

10 days ago

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!!

13 days ago

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.

15 days ago

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.

18 days ago

Awesome is all I have to say.

18 days ago

21 days ago

Great Family Hike

22 days ago

follow the road about 5 miles in

23 days ago

24 days ago

Loved this hike!! We have done it twice and keep recommending it to others!

25 days ago