Ladder Canyon Trail

MODERATE 158 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

old growth

rocky

scramble

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.

2 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.

3 days ago

Great time. Easy and very nice.

hiking
3 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!!

hiking
7 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.

hiking
8 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.

11 days ago

Awesome is all I have to say.

12 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Great Family Hike

walking
16 days ago

follow the road about 5 miles in

hiking
17 days ago

18 days ago

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

hiking
18 days ago

22 days ago

22 days ago

Great hike for everyone, the canyons are so diverse.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

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.

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

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!