7 Hikes 7 Days~ Day 5: The Grottos, Mecca Hills

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The mysterious man in jeans behind the camera

This hike is full of surprises! The landscape is dry, desolate and otherworldly. In just a matter of minutes the climb rewards you with spectacular views of the Salton Sea and the Chocolate Mountains beyond.

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The decent is fast the landscape barren

You will continue along a barren mocha colored ridge line and every couple of steps, spot creamy white glistening chunks of quartz.

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Follow the arrows and metal posts through the wash

After traipsing across the bleak ridge trail, you will drop down into a wash and make your way across it before heading into a long winding canyon.

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When a mountain looks like a wave you know you’re on the San Andreas Fault

The cliffs are formed from mud and rocks and it’s easy to see how erosion has worked to create the cave system that you are heading towards.

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Gorgeous rainbow colored rocks from the hills ahead

Mineral deposits have worked their magic to create rainbow colored canyon walls. The shades of purple, pink, green, amber and rose are so vibrant it’s hard to believe they’re real.

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A lush palm oasis is the perfect spot for a rest and a snack

Make sure to take a breather in a picture perfect palm oasis along the way.

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We made it to the Grottos, now you go in first!

Mother nature shocks you around every bend, especially at the end of the long and winding canyon, where you will dead end into a cave system. Fire up the flashlights and step inside the small crevice in the canyon wall. Some of the openings inside require a belly shimmy.

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The second small opening, get on your belly and head inside

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Explore the winding cave system…oh is it AMAZING

Get a little dirty, it’s worth it. You can either scramble up rocks and out the other end of the cave or navigate back the way you came. This hike will truly make you feel like you have earned an adventurer badge.

7 miles ~ strenuous takes approx 6 hours

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