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Painted Canyon Hiking

This place is seriously a hidden gem. I can't believe the vast differences of terrain, etc. we have in Southern California. I made the drive down from Los Angeles early Monday morning (MLK Jr. Day) and arrived around 8am to beat traffic. I do have a 4WD vehicle (Subaru Forester) but I really didn't need the 4WD on the sandy/dirt road, even with the recent rains we've had. I took it slow at first and then realized I was fine to speed it up a little bit. Be careful but know most cars can make it on this road. Once at the "trailhead," I got my stuff together and began embarking on the fabulous-ness of the area. One thing I wouldn't recommend: don't come here by yourself. Bring a hiking buddy. We ended up going left on the trail when we probably should've went right. The crevices were pretty narrow in spots but honestly it was so awesome. The ropes were challenging but I was able to pull myself up and felt pretty accomplished in doing so! Eventually we found our way to the ladders (aka what I was looking for all along)! This is something special and a spot hikers should definitely check out. It is probably more on the moderate side than a beginners trail. Bring a map if you can - it can get confusing once you're on top of the canyon. By the time we got back to our cars around 10:30 or so, there were at least a dozen cars in the "parking lot." Come early if you want to have a more secluded experience. Either way, this is such a neat spot, I know I'll be back!


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