Whitewater Canyon Loop Trail

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Whitewater Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.6 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 from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.6 miles 708 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

Whitewater Canyon Preserve is a 3.5 mile trail located near White Water, California. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Posted signs prohibit horses and bicycles.

camping
2 months ago

Easy to access and park. Dramatic canyon and creek scenery. A perfect early morning summer hike! There were points alongside the creek in which one could almost swim but definitely splash around. Clear, chilly water. The hike up the hills past the creek area also affords some awesome views. Lots of great spots for picnics; just bring lots of bug repellent.

2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent hike , well marked trails and beautiful scenery

hiking
6 months ago

This really nice trail (for the area) is now part of the new Snow and Sand National Monument, run by the impressive Wetlands Conservancy (check out their website, they have many nice parks, and do a great job). Trails are in excellent shape, any water to be crossed will have a wooden bridge.
FYI - 3 years ago you might see 1-3 other cars there (depends on the time of year) - now you may see 40 cars there. You can easily park outside the lot if needed. It's become a very popular trail. Dogs on leash OK. It's 600 feet up and down by my GPS. It's nicely graded. There is a shaded picnic area near the parking lot.

7 months ago

A good trail great views of the river valley.

7 months ago

Great hike

hiking
8 months ago

Great Winter hike. Cant wait to see it in the Spring runoff.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful weather. Nice for a family day trip

8 months ago

Great place to walk and take in the scenic views! Would recommend for anyone. Very easy walk.

hiking
9 months ago

Great

1 year ago

Would not suggest this hike in the middle of summer. Extremely hot! Took my children along age 6, 5, and 3. They did not cope well with the heat. Fortunately they have a wadding pool across from the Rangers station. Trout pond if beautifully made. Great spot next to rangers station to stop for a bite. A covered area with many picnic benches. The creek is pretty shallow at this point, just about ankle deep in most places. We plan on returning in fall or spring in hopes to complete this trail. We arrived late in the day and you are strictly asked to depart by 5. Ample free parking.

hiking
1 year ago

loved it, i'm a fan of desert type trails. ran into a diamond back, luckily not bit. if you plan on hiking a good while, then i'd take a snake bite kit, otherwise, the ranger station is not too far. bring lots of water anytime, but especially in the summer. otherwise, i enjoyed it and i'd go back

1 year ago

Great hike. Beware in summer. It gets hot. Early morning hikes are the best.

1 year ago

My family loves going here. we haven't gone to all the trails. We usually get stuck playing in mud and sand. But its still fun. Today, we went up to the left fork trail where you go up along a narrow ridge to top. Stone house is 6 miles if you go straight. It was so much fun. I love geology and nature. Last time,we saw a big horn sheep on the side of mountain by trout ponds.

1 year ago

This trail is so cool. If you have studied geology you will love all the cool ricks. I live seeing how the wind has shaped the hillsides. The hike along the river is fun,but there was barely any water. some parts just little ponds. It's January and the rain from earlier gone. The flowing little river we saw two years ago can only been seen by the positions of rock,drift wild,and drying mud. Some water still runs. We went of the left trail by the sign for the Stone house 6 miles and info on Pacific Rim. we went up until the trail narrowed very scary if you were scared of heights.

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful views of mountains & canyon! Dogs& I took the trail leading toward PCT south (up the mtn.) good steep workout going up & back down the south loop. Just dropped up back onto the road, no trail beside road, then hiked that back to the parking lot.

hiking
3 years ago

Scenic and another excellent exercise hike. Similar to Bump & Grind in Palm Desert. From the parking lot the trail starts pretty flat and gets rocky, when you pass the wood bridge over the creek it becomes a jungle of tall shrubs and then when you see the intersection, at Pacific Crest and Canyon Loop, that's where it will become strenuous hiking up the mountain on your left hand side. When you arrive at the summit, it's a gentle slope along the ridge for a mile then you'll descend back to Whitewater Road. From Whitewater Road you can start walking back to the parking lot, but better to follow the creek back to the wood bridge (Note: there's no defined trail), just follow the creek as you meander your way back up to the wood bridge. Finally at the wood bridge you can head back to the parking lot. This is the best trail at Whitewater for your information.

Note: There's no cost to park or hike, "no trashcans anywhere, even at the Ranger station." There is a picnic area with tables, shade structure, restrooms and drinking fountain. The Ranger on duty closes the entrance gate at 5pm. If you're planning to return after 5pm it's best to park your car outside the property meaning along Whitewater Road. That way when the Ranger's do lock that gate your car is outside the property and you can return to your car to leave at your convenience.

hiking
3 years ago

First hike EVER! And this awesome! Beautiful clean and dog friendly! Great time an cant wait to go back!

hiking
3 years ago

My girlfriend and I ended up hiking the Whitewater Preserve for the first time today. We were pleasantly surprised that there was no trash whatsoever that we saw along our hike. The trail was well marked and the view of the San Jacinto's and San Gorgonio's at the top was gorgeous!! The hike up the east side of canyon was a little demanding but not too bad at all. The only discouraging thing we saw a couple times on the trail was dog poop, so please pick up after your animals. GREAT HIKE.

hiking
3 years ago

Very beautiful hike. Did a 10 mile hike along Pacific Crest Trail. Great views of San Jacinto and San Gorgornio.