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
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.
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
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: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com 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.