We set out yesterday to hike Painted Canyon. We crossed highway 10 and drove into Box Canyon.
We took the Meccacopia Trail which turned into quite a ride.
The wash was quite wide at the beginning
Pretty Brittle Bush Flowers
Gnarly Mesquite Tree
The road quickly got rougher
In some places it went straight up
And straight down
The little Sunrunner did really well
This little canyon was so narrow we couldn’t open the doors.
We could see the Salton Sea when we came out of the little canyon
More rocky cliffs
Until we came to another view of the Salton Sea
We didn’t see any signs so we kept going and came out beside this church that didn’t appear to be in use anymore
We found a road that took us to highway 111 along the north shore of the Salton Sea, nine miles from the town of Mecca. We didn’t see the sign to Painted Canyon until we drove through Mecca and entered Box Canyon from the opposite end we started from. By that time it was too late to doing any hiking. Meccacopia Trail is 11 miles long and is for 4 wheel drive only. It took us over two hours but was it ever fun. We will do Painted Canyon another trip. We left Joshua Tree this morning and headed south,hopefully the wind won’t follow us, it’s hard to sleep with the wind howling all night.