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Ladder Canyon Campout

posted Jan 14, 2018, 9:30 PM by Troop twoseventy   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 7:34 AM ]

Ladder Canyon

Also known as Painted Canyon or Mecca Hills because it is in the Mecca area which is situated near the Salton Sea and Joshua Tree.    They were formed by the convergence of the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate along the San Andreas Fault. The geologic formations of Mecca Hills are among the most unusual of their kind in the world! Layers of eroded rock, some over 600 million years old, have been pushed up and overturned by the activity of the San Andreas Fault system. Painted Canyon, in the heart of the hills, exhibits many mineral deposits in hues of rose, pink, red, purple and green. The canyon runs in a general north-south direction, and is distinguished by sandy washes sprinkled with Ironwood, Smoke Trees, and Palo Verde.

 Trip Details:

Friday 5:30pm – Saturday 1pm. 

Leave from and return to Scout House.

Camping 1 night in the sand/rock canyon.

Hiking about 3ish miles through slot canyons.


Adult Leaders:

Steve Grimes



Steve McGuffey



Cost:  $10, please pay the Kurt the treasurer

 Weather:  Days in 60’s/70’s, nights 50 degrees down into 40’s.  Light wind.


You should always have your basic essentials, you know yourself best.  Be prepared with something warm to sleep in, a cheap tarp, mess kit, shoes.  Outdoor sheet


Friday night over a fire - Chicken and or hot dogs.

Breakfast – Oatmeal in a bag or bowl, bring your own bowl.

Lunch – Sandwiches, fruit.


From I-10 east

Exit 168/Cottonwood Springs Rd. Turn Right

Cottonwood Springs turns into Box Canyon Road follow for about 15 miles.
Turn right on Painted Canyon Road, it’s a dirt road. If you get to the Canal/Aqueduct you went too far.

Keep straight for about 5 miles until it dead ends in the canyon, about 5 miles.

Park and report to your SPL or ASPL.



GPS (copy & paste into phone map):  33.6194365,-115.9995775



Steve McGuffey has 2 seats open.

Mr. Grimes has 2 seats open


Ladder Canyon Campout Slot Canyon Hiking Boy Scouts

Hiking maps see below:

Troop twoseventy,
Jan 16, 2018, 5:29 PM
Troop twoseventy,
Jan 16, 2018, 5:29 PM