13 October 2013

Ladder Canyon Hike

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Ready to go climb a mountain!

 

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We thought this looked like the profile of a man’s face.

 

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The first arrow points up into the canyon.

 

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Our great little climbers.

 

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Lots of narrow passageways.

 

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Snack break.

 

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We made it to the top! That’s the Salton Sea in the background.

 

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Sisterly love.

 

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Another arrow says we should go THAT way.

 

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Amazing walls of sandstone!

 

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The kids were out in front of us most of the way down.

 

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One of the last ladders on the way down. 

 

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Whew!! We made it!!

 

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Refueling at Del Taco.

The cooler weather means hiking season has returned for our family. Such a fun way to get out and enjoy the outdoors together, while getting in some exercise, too. We did this hike for the first time at the beginning of the year and loved it. However, we only made it about 2 miles in before turning back. This time, we hiked the entire loop, which was about 5 miles. This was the longest hike the girls have ever been on (it took us 3 hours to complete) and they did GREAT! They continue to surprise us with their sense of adventure, determination and encouragement. So proud of them!

The beauty of the canyon is something to behold. The Painted Hills/Ladder Canyon Hike is a bit unique because of its narrow and dark passageways, towering sandstones, big boulders and ladders to climb, colorful rock formations, and expansive views of the Salton Sea from the top.

Basically, it involves ADVENTURE!!

We think it’s one of the best and most unique hikes around!

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