Mission Creek Preserve Trail

EASY 24 reviews

Mission Creek Preserve Trail is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Hot Springs, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,020 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

washed out

The road / trail is about 1.6 miles from the locked gate. Just past the gate there are 4 old buildings that have been converted to picnic areas. Follow the trail all the way to the stonehouse. The house is very well maintained and has tones of info. There is a restroom with running water. The trail runs along the creek for most of the way. Hundreds of birds and many forms of wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is fairly attractive with lots of interesting desert wash scenery, but it has absolutely no shade at all except at the Stone House. There's also not a lot of information in the Stone House itself, and the Mission Creek Trail doesn't seem to be well marked out. As of 7/29/2018 the restrooms are out of order, with a sign saying "No running water," and the small spigot behind the restrooms is dry. The trail at this point doesn't seem to be well marked, as my girlfriend and I followed trail signs but ended up going toward the Pacific Coast trail to the southwest of the Stone House, instead of going north up the actual Mission Creek trail.

I think this trail would be much better in more mild weather, but in the summer I would only do this trail on cooler days or after a rain storm, and definitely have a good trail map on hand.

8 months ago

Pretty walk from gate to Stonehouse.

backpacking
9 months ago

Jan 11, 2018. Mission creek to pct north. Took pct north til it dropped down into an adjoining canyon where the water was. Followed the water back to mission creek junction at the stone house. Nice weather, nice hiking. Didn’t see anyone else, but still an awesome day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Mission Creek Preserve itself is fantastic.

I am giving one star because the default map on this app is incorrect. For some reason, the All Trails map shows this trailhead west of Highway 62. When I select “Directions,” the All Trails app switched to Google maps which took me to a location in front of a private home in the middle of the city of Desert Hot Springs. If your map does the same, it is wrong.

The trailhead starts east of Highway 62. Some of the user maps are correct.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

We had an amazing time. The weather was perfect for the hike.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

So beautiful right now with all the flowers. The creek is running and the birds are singing. Great easy trail but long enough to feel your heart beat. FYI The directions on the map here are wrong. It's only a few miles inches on 29 nine palms heading towards Joshua tree. You'll need to make a left on Mission Creek And follow the road down and park at the gate.

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

One of the best trails in the Coachella Valley. It's best to have a permit so you can park behind the gate. In winter it's lush, the creek is flowing, wildflowers are abundant and birds are everywhere. The payoff is at the end where you can overlook Whitewater Canyon.

hiking
Saturday, February 08, 2014

Very short but one of my absolute favorite places to go. It's not really a trail, more like a road, but it's a beautiful hike. Park at the gate, and follow the road 1.6 miles to the stonehouse. You will pass a wetlands area with hundreds of birds chirping, and the creek running. The stonehouse is an awesome spot to sit and relax and just enjoy the beautiful views and maybe picnic.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

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Friday, February 24, 2017

recorded Mission Creek Preserve

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

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Friday, June 06, 2014

recorded Rainbow Rocks

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Saturday, March 08, 2014