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.
You will continue along a barren mocha colored ridge line and every couple of steps, spot creamy white glistening chunks of quartz.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure to take a breather in a picture perfect palm oasis along the way.
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.
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