Whitewater Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 152 reviews
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Whitewater Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Whitewater, California 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.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
708 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

washed out

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.

hiking
30 days ago

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

1 month ago

Really great place to be,

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Awesome morning hike, takes under 2 hours even with numerous stops and photos and you can bring your best 4 legged friend with you!

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely hike with great views once you reach the summit. If you begin at the ranger station you will soon encounter a climb with a series of switch backs. It's single file hiking for most of this trail. Heading down, it's rocky so watch your step. I brought a hiking pole to reduce the chance of slipping or losing my balance. I'm glad I did. I also agree with the moderate rating. Although there are areas I would consider "easy", the climbs both up and down definitely bump it up to a moderate hike in my opinion. Great trail for all ages, will hike it again.

hiking
2 months ago

First, let me disagree with the previous poster that thought the trail was not "Moderate", but was instead "Easy". Any trail that climbs upward for about 40 minutes and over 700 feet is not "Easy".

The trail started out (from the Ranger Station) mostly flat for about a half mile, then after we reached the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and headed south, it climbed up about 700 feet via a series of switchbacks. It took about 40 minutes to reach the top of a ridge line where the trail left the PCT and followed the ridge line for about a mile. Then we started back down to the bottom of Whitewater Canyon and looped back to where we started. The trail up was smooth and level – well-maintained. However, the trail down was a rough and rocky V-shaped trail created by runoff water. It didn’t look like they had spent much time maintaining this part of the trail, and it was slow going.

It provided great views and I would do it again; however, I would like to see some effort made to improve the trail leading down to the entrance road.

2 months ago

Excellent hike today

backpacking
2 months ago

I personally would not consider this a 'moderate' trail...it was relatively easy (my 2 year old daughter did this trail without any issues, along with her 5 older brothers - ranging from 12 down to 4. A friend of mine also brought her daughter who was 3 and had no issues). This was beautiful. Fun! Lots to do, especially for the kids. The switch backs were entertaining...nothing huge but the mere fact at how short they were was pretty funny especially since my wife had never done a series of switch backs yet.

Overall - super cool trail. Saw a few animals, mainly wild cow.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was incredible. The views are awesome. Easy hike but you can get your heart rate up on the switchbacks.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a fun, fairly challenging trail in a very pretty setting. Our group had three adults and five dogs (one was a 4.5 month old puppy who kept up like a champ) and, going at a very relaxed pace with several stops and detours for pictures and water breaks for the dogs, we were back at our car within 3 hours. Almost half of the trail is going up and then back down the mountain so be prepared for a steep hike with switchbacks. The majority of the trail is single-file narrow and exposed; I wouldn’t recommend this area during summer or on a hot day unless you really enjoy direct sunlight (bring LOTS of water if that’s the case). The river runs along the bottom of the mountain so there’s shade there but since the trail only crosses the actual river once, the shade’s pretty fleeting. We took a few detours to check the river out and it was flowing but seemed to be only about ankle- or calf-deep and easy enough to step or hop across at any point (we were there today, 1/13/18, just a couple of days after the area got some rain). Be careful when taking detours because parts of the trail along the river can be easy to lose due to other trails that split off but luckily the map on AllTrails was very helpful in finding our way back to this particular trail. The last almost-mile is on the road leading back to the trailhead. It’s not a busy road but there’s not a ton of room to move off of it when cars pass so be sure to keep kids and dogs close to you. The trailhead is beautiful with a rangers’ station, bathrooms, and several picnic tables. Even if you don’t want to do the trail, the trailhead is a nice place to relax and have lunch.

A couple of things to note; parking is pretty limited (but free) and there are no trash cans. According to signs and the ranger at the trailhead (who was super nice and helpful), there’s no parking allowed on the road leading up to the trail and the designated parking lot only has roughly 40-50 spaces so if it’s full, you can drive out and back until a spot opens up or you’ll be out of luck. We arrived at the trail around 1:30pm and were lucky enough to only have to drive around and back once but I’m not sure what the normal “wait time” might be on a busy day. As far as trash cans go, you’re expected to leave with whatever you came with so be sure to have a bag or two to carry your trash out and back home with you. Additionally, we saw a sign that said the trail closes at 5pm. I’m not sure if that’s all year long or just during winter so you might have to check if you plan on a late afternoon hike. Happy trails! :)

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful hike! This time of year is perfect too because its not too hot. it was about 75 degrees with a good breeze. Its a moderate trail that gains about 700 feet in altitude. The trails are easy to follow as well. Bring your camera!

There are picnic areas and I believe camping is allowed as well. The park is very nice as well! The ponds are very cool!! Don't miss out on this neat l little oasis!!

4 months ago

Amazing great Part of the Pacific crest trail..

7 months ago

Beautiful place.

7 months ago

Nice views. Part of loop was closed. Definitely will go back. Saw a bighorn sheep!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike will definitely go back to explore more

hiking
9 months ago

Tons of different trails. Ended up walking about 6 miles up the river. Bring some hiking boots, lots of water, and flip flops. Hike to the North a little ways and have the river to yourself. It was moving pretty quick when I went in August of 2017.

9 months ago

Great place to enjoy the water

10 months ago

Love it.

10 months ago

the best place so far!

10 months ago

Too hot to hike the full trail but the creek is a refreshing oasis from the heat. The rangers at the preserve are awesome.

camping
11 months ago

One of my favorite places . Can get a bit crowded at times in the Spring . Many different hikes and a lot of creek bed to explore . If your into flowers or rocks , This is the place to go . The park itself is very nice bathrooms and tables . Nice place for overnight camping but remember to bring everything you need as they lock you in at 5pm . But you can always leave a car outside the gates . I have been here probably 50 times but have only seen Sheep once but I still look every time I go . If you are hiking in the morning or evening , You will must likely see a snake . Don't be a Jackass and block the road just because you want to look at something . Seems to be a very common theme here .

11 months ago

Great day hike. Started trail from campground side and came down switchback portion.

Monday, May 08, 2017

A beautiful area with a few different routes to choose from. It's great that dogs are allowed, but we were surprised to find that no trash cans were available near the picnic area or trail head.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Beautiful loved the hike an the pond in the entrance!!

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Great quick hike! We brought our Boxer/Pit with us. This hike is easy to do. Great views at the top!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Beautiful, well maintained. Very diverse landscape and terrain, from flat crystal clear streams to steep ravines and epic canyon views. Be sure to dip your feet in the stream at the end!

Friday, April 28, 2017

This is a really pleasant trail. some stunning scenery. Not very difficult for most of it. couple if steep ascents, but well worth it.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beautiful!

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Timing is everything for this hike. Never on weekends and especially when everything is in bloom early April. And yes their are snakes

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