Looking for a great trail in Whitewater Preserve, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Whitewater Preserve ranging from 2.9 to 7.1 miles and from 2,201 to 3,343 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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rocky
6 days ago

Great hike, definitely has switchbacks and for experienced hikers. Seen some feral cows and enjoyed the great views.

hiking
8 days ago

Great little hike. Lots of water the second half/ too much water to climb the ladder/ but this gives me a reason to comeback and do it again. When you see the lonesome pine you are almost there.

Simply amazing views !!!

hiking
9 days ago

Nice and easy. Very flat, on riverbed. Next time extend lots beyond Red Dome.

hiking
16 days ago

I’ve done this hike twice, very different each time. Very hot the first time and less water flow so we could climb the ladders at the end. The 2nd time there was a lot more water, too much to climb the ladders and a dozen creek crossings I don’t remember doing the 1st time. Of course the rainbow rocks remained the same

on Canyon View Loop Trail

hiking
24 days ago

Did this twice while we stay in Palm Springs the month of January. Love it.

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rocky
scramble
24 days ago

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no shade
24 days ago

Beautiful view.. I loved it <3

Beautiful view.. I loved it <3

Loved this trail! Had to make several stream crossings the last mile or so through the canyon, as the water levels are quite high, but very doable and not deep. We saw a flock of 4 Big horn sheep on our way back. They are hard to spot, listen carefully for falling rocks. I recommend downloading the All Trails Map because there are no signs for this trail. However, it was easy to follow. There are bugs near the water, but we weren’t bit at all. Only ran into two other people. Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Gate opens at 8. No entry fee. No pass needed. Gradual incline. January is a great time to go. Saw more people as the day went on. Saw a bobcat and a few rabbits. Rainbow rocks start about 3 miles in. Small waterfall but worth the effort to find it.

The vistas were quite nice of the canyons and the riverbed. The walk up the north loop was steep but nicely switchbaacked. The riverbeds for dry. I agree that it is a moderate hike

Nice hike. It's dry in the desert, so be sure to bring enough water. There's plenty to see out here! We went in December, late afternoon, and the weather was good.

No cell service.

hiking
1 month ago

Dec. 26, 2018 - everything was wide open trail-wise. Parking is indeed a challenge. Nice walk, especially up on the ridge. Not the best signage at the visitor center to start (you kind of fumble your way along until you stumble on the right path of many) but once we got going it was all good. Nice view at the top. And cows!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike . Gradual incline. windy going up and rewarded with a hidden waterfall at the end.

Ranger station reports the southern half of this trail is closed. You can’t do the loop.

Was absolutely beautiful hike. Trail not marked by the preserve but able to find and follow on all trails. At the end is a beautiful waterfall!! Well worth the hike!! Lots of beautiful scenery. Can’t wait to come back when there is more water.

Great hike! Hard to follow on one side but was able to somewhat go by tracking on all trails

Some part of the trail is closed due to fire. But it is still nice. Trial is not easy for small dogs, lot of rocks. However, it is still nice. You can hear water fall while hiking which makes this trial wonderful.

love this hike

Super beautiful place, there is plenty of water running in the stream along the side of the canyon wall. Went with the dogs and they had a blast too.

Been there twice. If you take the Mission Creek Preserve entrance, you'll connect with the southern PCT trail intersection. Take the south fork and climb up the trail to a ridge on the trail that gives a view of Whitewater Canyon and the trail down the mountain towards the Whitewater River. The hike is close to 1000 ft elevation change. The view is spectacular. Take plenty of water as this is close to 8 miles from Mission Creek Preserve Road entrance. There is the stone house with picnic tables and even. Separate bathrooms. Along the way you'll see a massive growth of wild grapes in and around tall trees. Great views there as well. The rock formations are fascinating for the geologically inclined. Saw some rabbits, and heard lots of birds, but didn't see any other wild life (thank goodness no snakes!)

Pretty easy hike. Nice and flat.

Beautiful hike. We started at 7am and it got really hot. I bet March or April would be a better time to do this hike. Once we reached Whitewater River, we took our shoes off and cooled our feet down. The Ranger Station does not open until 8am, so you can not park in the parking lot by the Ranger's station. We were told by the ranger during fire season which might start next week, you are not allowed to park outside the gate on the shoulder. But since we hiked on 5/6/18, we were allowed to park on the shoulder. We are section hiking the PCT, so when we ended this hike, we applied for a permit. They will keep the permit on file, so when we hike our next section, we just have to call the Ranger Station and they will give us the combination to the gate so that we may again start our hike before they open.

hiking
9 months ago

Really appreciated the beautiful transitions this trail had to offer. The moment I pulled up to the gate (got there 20 minutes before opening) I could see Bighorn high on the cliff sides surrounding the parking/picnic area. Started along the Pacific Crest Trail then branched off towards Rainbow Rock Canyon.
Rock colors and striations were cool, but keep going....the best is yet to come. Dense green foliage and a nice multi tiered waterfall, complete with a ladder and ropes to get a full sense of immersion.
Great, easy/moderate hike.
You’ll need lots of bug repellent for the last half mile.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike, but very steep! Once you get to the canyon its not so bad.

Really great place to be,

hiking
10 months ago

Such an amazing place for hiking. A great family environment.

Bring bug spray because the closer you get to the waterfall the more bugs you encounter! There are trees to hang your hammock :) I would highly recommend this trail

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