Mission Creek Preserve Trail

EASY 12 reviews

Mission Creek Preserve Trail is a 17.4 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
17.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1971 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

no dogs

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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

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.

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4 months ago

4 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

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.

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Friday, April 03, 2015

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Friday, June 06, 2014

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

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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.