Painted Canyon Drive Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This drive takes you into the Mecca Hills Wilderness, a richly colored badland of steep and jagged sedimentary rock and deeply incised, narrow canyons atop the San Andreas Fault. The road winds through a high-walled canyon with even narrower tributary canyons to explore on foot (one of them, Ladder Canyon, is named for a series of ladders that help hikers scale the steepest sections). I think it’s one of the most beautiful desert canyons in California."