Painted Canyon Road
Painted Canyon Road starts about five miles east of Mecca on Box Canyon Road. The sign says "four-wheel drive vehicles only" but the road is easily passable in a passenger car except for a few sandy spots well into Painted Canyon. If it has rained recently these are no problem. The road goes about 4.5 miles and ends in spectacular Painted Canyon. There is open camping in the canyon along the road except for the last 100 yards or so.
Be aware that cars are frequently broken-into in Painted Canyon and other trail heads in the Mecca Hills. Take appropriate precautions.
Difficulty: very easy (1.5).