Please read the trip overview “Exploring Joshua Tree and around the Coachella Valley” posted on April 9.
This one attraction has the highest per capita within this whole region. Hopefully, by going on a Wednesday, we can easily find parking when we get up in the canyon. This area has highly eroded, narrow canyons including slot canyons with dry waterfalls which is where the ladders come into play. This area can be so busy that it can take a long time to go up or down each ladder as they tend to be a bottleneck. If we are really lucky, no other hikers will be around.
The hike can be around 4 to 6 miles and should be considered easy to moderate based on one’s conditioning. Our distance will be determined how long we want to spend exploring these canyons. One could easily spend the whole day there.
Other ideas if we want to see other places is we could drive to Borrego Springs in Anza Borrego State Park to see wildflowers if they are blooming at this elevation. For a short, easy hike we can do Borrego Palm Canyon, which is a wide gully descending west to east down the San Ysidro Mountains just west of Borrego Springs. This 3.25-mile loop ascends 450 feet to a shady oasis in an alluring desert canyon. There is a natural spring where there are dense amount of palm trees that thrive in this harsh environment.
If there is not enough time for that, there is another oasis near the Salton Sea (which would be closer) that I have never visited. It is the Historic Rancho Dos Palmas. This is a small site to walk around and visit