This hike was decided upon last minute while we were on vacation in Indio, California. We were only about 20 miles away so we decided to get up early on a Friday morning and head out to go visit this very cool place.
The drive there was beautiful, however, the last five miles were not very fun. It was a dirt road, however, there were so many ridges on the road that caused for an extremely bumpy drive. We do have a black car so after all that dust, we knew we’d need a major car wash.
The parking was all open, no gates to cross, however, we were the only vehicle.
Starting the hike
Meet time: 6:00am
We didn’t have a meet time today because it was only the two of us. We just drove up, put on our gear and headed off into the amazing caves.
Start time: 6:05am
I’ll have to admit, I was a bit scared. It was super quiet and you could hear our echoes. But oh what a beautiful sight, instantly! We did have a map available, however, it is important to keep an eye out for arrows shaped out of rocks. Those were very helpful when we thought we may be getting lost. The first ladder we encountered, was quite short but a very tight squeeze, however, now we know that if you climb over a few boulders on your left, you can bypass that tight squeeze and go down a longer ladder on the other side. We continue to find other ladders throughout as we walked through what felt like hallways. Very beautiful and mostly flat besides a few boulders to climb here and there.
Middle of the hike
This weekend may have been one of the hottest weekends in a very long time. When we started our hike at 6:00am, it was already hitting the 90’s. As we continued to walk, though there was shade in most areas, we knew it was start to get warmer and as the sun rose, our shade would no longer be around. We were barely a mile and a half in, when Edgar decided it was better that we turned back around and go back, we still had another 3 miles to go in order to complete the trail but it was just not a good day to do so, not in that heat. It was not safe for us to be out there alone, in the heat and in case of an emergency. Sometimes, we have to make the best decisions due to safety and if we would have been with a group, we would have had to make the same decision.
End of the hike
We quickly turned around and headed back in the same direction we started. It really started warming up quickly. Though it was unfortunate that we didn’t complete the trail, we were happy that we did get to experience almost half of it and see how amazing it really is in person. We’ll have to go back one day to complete the loop but after the summer.
7:30am: Completed our hike!
Total of 3 miles out of 4.5, in 1.5 hours!