canyon view loop trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

canyon view loop trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near White Water, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 500 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips




wild flowers


bridge out





washed out

Canyon View Loop Trail3.5 mile loop (Moderate) This loop trail follows a section of the Pacific Crest Trail south, ascending 500 to the top of a winding ridge, with excellent views of Whitewater Canyon and the north face of Mount San Jacinto. In the spring, this loop is the best place to see fields of poppies, lupines, coreopsis, and many other wildflowers. Leaving the ranger station, head northwest along the marked trail between two palm trees, cross the Whitewater River, and reach the Pacific Crest Trail in one‐half mile. Turn left and wind up switchbacks for roughly three quarters of a mile. At the top of the switchbacks, look for the trail post and turn left for the Canyon View Loop. Follow the trail along the top of the ridge, stopping at several overlooks to enjoy views of the preserve and Whitewater Canyon. Continue south along the ridge as it descends via switchbacks to Whitewater Canyon Road. Walk up the road several hundred yards to the trail marker just beyond the river by a preserve sign. Follow the rock‐lined trail from there back to the ranger station.

5 months ago

2 years ago

My family loves the flowing stream in January. Easy trail for kids 2& up. love the picnic area although there are no trash cans. Bring your own trash bag and take with you. There are three man made ponds with fish. we saw a big horn sheep on one of hills overlooking the ponds. Go before summer . Too hot without trees.

2 years ago

Such an awesome trail! Great work out, not too intense, but it is definitely not the easiest..if your dogs can hang and you bring lots of water for them, take them with you. Beautiful views, I haven't been when there is water, but I am sure it is even more beautiful. Highly recommended!!

2 years ago

Absolute spectacular views once you get to the top. Walking next to the water was very refreshing. I would recommend starting at the north side of the loop. While it is a big elevation gain, it was gradual. i took the south side of the loop and it was a fast climb. A little to steep for my liking. But I'm also not an everyday hiker and not in tip top shape. Other than the climb, the trail was amazing. Very well marked and as stated, the views were amazing. This is a definite must do.

3 years ago

This is actually on of the best trail in the Desert. Also known as White Water Canyon Loop. This trail is what I would categorize a Photographic Trail if you're into photography because the views all around this trail are magnificent and breathtaking. The hike along this Loop is interesting because the transformation from the parking where it starts near the Ranger Station is Rocky, you'll have to cross a wood bridge at the water stream then go through a jungle of shrubs. You'll need to hike the loop to see and experience this place to comprehend the views... :)