PS - Hike: Mecca Hills Grotto

  • Fri, December 10, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 3


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This is a fun and different journey than most! In Mecca there is a cave system called the Grottos where you climb over, under and around various rock obstacles, sometime in total darkness, sometimes on your belly and sometimes through narrow confined spaces. Headlamps advised, pants advised as well as gloves. If you prefer not to enter the grotto, you can wait outside the entrance for about 30 minutes until we exit the cave. The surrounding walls of the canyon are part of the colorful painted rock deposits

  • Trail Length: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1100'
  • Trailhead Elevation: 20
  • Trail Type: Loop out and back
  • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, slot canyons, cave
  • Difficulty Rating: Moderate-Strenuous* 
  • * Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.
  • 8:00 AM Meeting Place: PetSmart Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs:     Map Here

Bring Ten Essentials (click here), headlamp for the grotto cave, gloves, water (2 to 3 liters recommended), and trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Hiking poles may be helpful.

Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

  • Please notify the hike leader if you cannot make a hike for which you have registered.

Contact: Sherwood Covill: email click here or Scott Connelly: Email 

Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Departure is at 8:00 am AM. Distance to trailhead  is 42 miles, approximately 55 minutes.

Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

Additional Photos Click Here and Here

Special COVID Related Requirements

You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE

Send proof of vaccination to: or text to  760-902-1850

Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

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