Late last week, we made a day trip out to the Mecca Hills Wilderness, which is located near Indio California in the Coachella Valley. The landscape twists and turns in a very unique and beautiful way; formed by the San Andreas fault, the Mecca Hills are a badlands with colors reminiscent of the Artists’ Palette in Death Valley National Park, and canyons that would rival even the narrowest of slot canyons in Utah.
While there, we made sure to stop and hike through the popular Ladder Canyon. Only 3-4′ wide in places and over 200′ deep, Ladder Canyon would be a technical ascent (or descent) if it weren’t for the ladders which give the canyon its name. Due to the hike’s popularity and proximity to Palm Springs, solitude came in sporadic bursts. Still, it was great to be in there, making images.
A series of unusually strong late-season storms have been hitting southern California for the last week or so, too. Driving out, the fast-moving clouds from one of the systems had an interesting play on the light over the badlands.
I’m unplugging and heading off to Utah and Nevada for the week. Hope you have a good one!