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Painted Canyon

Hikers, yes. But it’s hard to imagine why vandals are attracted to Painted Canyon in the Mecca Hills Wilderness, 65 kilometres from Palm Springs as the crow flies.

After the long drive along the Coachella Canal that irrigates rows of citrus, they would have to ignore the sign: “Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles Only Beyond This Point” and follow a corduroy-sand road for six kilometres, cross the San Andreas Fault and continue for another dusty kilometre until the road dead-ends at the trailhead.

Yet we had to take the threat seriously; every reference to hiking Painted Canyon warned us to beware of vandals in the parking lot at the end of the road.

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