Painted Canyon in California is yet another place for a nice hike in the buff; it’s not an official naturist territory, but it has a history of naturist excursions and feels quite secluded.
This place is also known as Mecca Hills, but Painted Canyon makes better justice as its name – the rocks are quite colorful there!
Shortly after then entrance (parking), you’ll have to get up the ladders on another level of the dry riverbed,
but otherwise it’s pretty flat. Except for the vertical rock walls around! It’s difficult to imagine how this place is transformed when the river gets full here, but you can get a rough idea when you see the traces of its work, such as the base of this rock wall being washed off…
I posed both as a Titan supporting the whole thing and being succumbed to some kind of gravitational force pulling me deep in the Mother Earth…
We continued the hike,
and after a brief clothed break as we let some school group pass by, we got naked again.
Here is just a brief overview of the variety of rocks that you may see there.
I have no idea of their composition and geological names, so I can only offer to enjoy the esthetic aspect of their colorful variety:
As we continued, there were a few bifurcations – dried estuaries of the dried river – and we were taking the left ones, but I imagine they all look similar.
I climbed up one of the hills to get a view from above, and it was quite spectacular with all those rocks zigzaggedly eroded by rivers.
After that we headed back, but then I saw something I’d been trying to photograph for years –
I knew that they could be around as soon as I saw elongated red flowers that this pollinating bird loved.
I managed to take a few pictures, as you can see, even while it was hovering,
but the light was quite low already, so given the speed with which hummingbird flaps its wings, they become invisible on the photo 😀
There was also a plant with red stems, but I’m not sure if that is to attract any kind of animal.
Once I started paying attention to plants, it was quite fascinating to see such a variety,
and many of them blooming, in such arid conditions.
Some cacti though looked somewhat squashed, as if they used up almost all their water cache.
This one seemed to be very well protected.
Close to the exit, Don knew of another trail that was rather special. As all passages here, it was a dried riverbed, but the river that carved this canyon must have been nothing more than a narrow creek. It looked very surreal.
I’ve only seen such kind of terrain in the movie ‘127 Hours’. It was like a winding labyrinth, sometimes very narrow,
where you never knew what you’d see at the next turn –
perhaps a naked man? 😀
Mostly the walls looked too steep to try to climb up, but in one place I was tempted to do so, as the cliff wasn’t entirely vertical and had a lot of dents and bumps.
It was quite easy to climb up,
but I didn’t dare to go all the way up that tower-like rock.
I still felt like king of the hill (or king of the castle?)
But as it often happens, it was much scarier to go down than to climb up, and the ground seemed suddenly shaky…
I made it down without problems though and even went back up half-way to take a picture of the slot canyon from above.
It was a lot of fun to walk through that labyrinth,
and it didn’t just turn all the time, we had to go up and down a few times too.
It was good though that there was a clear main path, as you wouldn’t want to get lost there.
After we reached a relatively wide part, we decided to turn back.
The sun was just about to set, but it was getting dark in the slot canyon already. We headed back fast, as we still needed to set up the camp,
but we still got the last sun rays.
I guess we were so inspired by the views of the Painted Canyon, that despite being quite sleepy we spent a couple of hours painting each other… with light! I actually posted the results of our light-painting frenzy a while ago.
Next day, we visited Morongo Valley,
where we could refresh in the remains of the river that was still flowing (and was very cold too).
The following night and morning we spent in luxury at Vista Grande Resort in Palm Springs; nudity combined well with luxury too, as it turned out 🙂
19 thoughts on “hiking and bouldering in Painted Canyon (California)”
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So wanna see this place!
Are you still in Southern California. I would love to meet you and go nude. I live in Orange CA near Disneyland.
that is an awesome place to go hiking … were is this location? I live in California, Southern California and never heard of it… thanks
there’re clickable links to our map in the blogpost, or go to ‘Where to’ section on the website and check out the map! 🙂
you and the travel buddy could be figure models for art classes and what beautiful artistic shots with and without people in them..
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Can you actually post from now on for every post the season of the year these photos were taken? It’s pretty lame to get there in the wrong season.
Thanks, good idea! Some places though, and I’m afraid this one too, may change dramatically with the weather that’s not very seasonal (is there a rain season in SoCal? I imagine it’s kind of random…)
This trip was done in November.
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WOW, would love to do some nude hiking in this area!
Great photographs and adventure! Thanks! Much love and naked hugs! 🙂
Kirill – You did it again . Really beautiful . You are a really lucky guy . I’ve been thinking for awhile now of making drawings of your photos . Nature and natural . The hummingbird is just so cool . Would you be ok with that ?
sure, I’ll be curious to see the result! Is it a digital drawing you think of, or do you draw with a pencil?
No , I have a philosophy of art that , like your photographs , must come from experience . I believe it is the artists experience with what he sees that makes the art unique and that reproduction as beautiful as it has become still does not represent the necessary relationship required to make a drawing or painting , art . If I drew or painted the image you photographed of the hummingbird it would only be my experience of your photograph , which is beautiful , but still an image I drew from your photo . You and only you had the experience of that moment as it came into your awareness and captured it in time . Sounds romantic , yeah ? But I really feel this is true . I’m truly grateful to you for sharing your vision of beauty and for coming to know naturism from a healthy perspective . Be well , be happy , live with ease ….
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The second awesome photographic report of the day from Active Naturists from Painted Canyon CA
Wonderful Pics!!!!!!!! So much fun!!!!!!!!!
giving you two blogposts in one day – I guess it’s my version of Black Friday to Cyber Monday sale 😉
Cool, not complainin’. Can’t wait to see you guys’ next adventure!