Painted Canyon

Mecca Hills Wilderness Area

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Painted Canyon Rd.
Mecca, CA 92254
760-833-7100
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GPS: 33.6118, -116.0087

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 694 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

1bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
1bars
Verizon 3G
2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
11 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: None

Plstype would stay here again

“Incredibly Beautiful ”

Reviewed Mar 05, 2018

Overall Rating

The drive over the washboard road was well worth the effort to where we camped. It has a lot going for it: (1) unlimited hiking opportunities, (2) peace and quiet, (3) brilliant skies at night. This is the kind of campsite we would pay big bucks to stay. WiFi was off and on but we didn't even mind that. Don't miss the great ladder hike at the end of the road.

Please, please tent campers, bury your waste and bag up your toilet paper to take out when you leave.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
1bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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larock
San Diego, CA
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with Roof Top Tent
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

larock would stay here again

“We really enjoyed it here”

Reviewed Feb 21, 2018

Overall Rating

We drove in late Sunday on President's Day weekend, not sure what to expect in the way of camping options. The road had recently been graded and had high berms on both sides, not a problem for our Jeep. The canyon had about 10 groups of campers in some of the prime spots, but we were able to find a spot tucked away from the road. The weather was near perfect in the evening, around midnight the winds picked up.

There are no services, no toilet, no water. Trash dumped near the turn off from the road up Box Canyon may turn some camper off. Some graffiti on the rocks. Verizon flickered between one bar 1x and 3g, AT&T on the iPad was two to three bars LTE, but we were tucked back in the canyon aways. Verizon LTE picked up on the hike once on higher ground on the ridge.

Of course the draw for us was hiking the Painted Canyon/Ladders hike. We were out this way Oct 2016 and hiked some of it in the heat. This time we hiked the complete loop. This is a fun hike, taking you through slot canyons, up and down ladders, along ridges, and plenty of sand. My Gamin pegged it just under 6 miles for the route we took.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
1bars
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Pets:
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