Outing Summary
Car Camp

Trip# 11: Mecca Hills Slot Canyons Feb 10-11  Grade: M8CDate: 2/10/2024
Leader: April ArmijoAssistant: Scott Arthurs
Explore the area north of the Salton Sea - the Mecca Hills region.
Day 1:
Saturday we will get a very early start at the meeting location. The last portion of Painted Canyon Road is dirt/sandy. Camp will be set up in a wash along the final portion of this dirt road and then we will day hike Ladder Canyon, a narrow, winding slot canyon with a few ladders set up to climb dry waterfalls. From the end of this canyon, we will follow a ridge with sweeping views of the Salton Sea, the badlands, and Painted Canyon. Another slot canyon and more ladders bring us back to where we started. Saturday night we will have a how-to-pack-your-backpack demo, a portable campfire, and then enjoy "bring your own" appetizers & dinner.
Day 2:
Sunday we will drive across the "main" road, then hike 7 miles through more slot canyons (including some tighter areas where headlamps are required) with some rock scrambling. While the dark slot canyon portion is short, this trip is not for those with claustrophobia!

Special Outing Requirements: 4WD and high-clearance vehicles are required for drivers, with enough space for others to carpool. The last 3 miles to the trailhead is a dirt road, and very sandy.

Water Requirements: Leaders will provide details at pre-trip meeting.

Outing Requirements:
Filtering Water (water available)
Bouldering/scrambling with BACKPACK
Bouldering/scrambling with DAYPACK
Rocky, rough, uneven terrain
Hiking through thick brush or bushes
4WD vehicle required
High clearance vehicle required
High or 4WD vehicle recommended
Adventure Pass required
Trekking poles recommended/required
Special clothing/gear rcmd./rqd.
GPS use/demo
Night navigation
Backpack loading demo
Gear use/discussion
Evening fire
 MilesGain (ft)Loss (ft)MilesGain (ft)Loss (ft)
Day Hike812501250710001000

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