Painted Canyon Drive

EASY 10 reviews
#2 of 12 trails in

Painted Canyon Drive is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1089 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

2 days ago

This was a great hike and a nice surprise with the different terrain, slot canyons with ladders and open ridges with beautiful views of the Salton Sea. A relatively easy walk taking under 3 hours. The only drag was we had our rental car broken into when we returned. Nothing was taken as we left nothing in the car. We just had to contend with the broken glass and return it to the rental car agency to replace the vehicle. We were not the only ones. One other cars glass was broken too and there was an attempt on a Mercedes but they couldn’t get through the safety glass. Don’t go during the week when it it quiet as this is when the break in usually occur.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Got a little lost after making it to what looked like the end of a trail after starting on the left side of the trail. Climbed out of the canyon was in and was able to find my way back down to the ladder portion of the hike. Once down in the taller canyons the sound from the wind was so powerful- it made the visions of water rushing through them fill my soul. The energy was amazing

7 months ago

off road driving
7 months ago

Easy washboard road out to great hikes. Literally any car can make it out & back but if you have a rigid suspension is going to be a bumpy ride.

9 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

Very tame dirt road that leads to a few gorgeous canyon trails. Trvelled this road in a Grand Cherokee but could easily be done with any type of car.

hiking
Friday, November 11, 2016

hiking
Monday, March 02, 2015

off road driving
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

We love this place so much, we got married there November 2013!