Whitewater Canyon View Loop Trail

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Whitewater Preserve

Whitewater Canyon View Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Whitewater, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.7 miElevation gain659 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingrunningLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRockyNo shade
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An additional trailhead is accessible from Whitewater Canyon Road with parking available along the roadside. There are great views on this trail from the ridge, and a creek that meanders along the bottom. There is minimal shade on the southern portion of the trail. Posted signs prohibit horses and bicycles.

The preserve is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days, or in the event of dangerous weather conditions. Permits for preserve camping, backcountry trip parking, and afterhours hiking are available at the preserve ranger station during open hours, in person or by phone. For additional information or to make a reservation for an interpretive program or the campground, call the preserve at 760.325.7222.

760.325.7222.

Access This scenic property lies at the end of Whitewater Canyon Road, northwest of Palm Springs, off Interstate 10. 9160 Whitewater Canyon Road Whitewater, CA 92282 760.325.7222 http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/maps/Whitewater%20Canyon%20Preserve%20Map.pdf

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la shorty
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HikingGreat!

very nice peaceful hike. nice view on the top.

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Kathy Otoole
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Lovely. Crowded on holiday weekend. Wear your mask

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Eddie Cortez
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Amber Khan
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RunningNo shade

Great trail run- pretty exposed though so start early. Only one other person on it at 8am today

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rebecca barbee
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HikingNo shade

Such a good hike , incline was steady but a great workout. Wonderful views and clear trail. We did 4 miles in total.

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Suzanne Hannah Cortez
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail! Took my dog. She did great. We did the loop counterclockwise and added Red Dome off the PCT. Had breakfast there, and my pup cooled off in the water. Perfect winter hike. Total miles about 7.5 with Red Dome. Beautiful views.

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B Ng
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Road biking

Parking available at visitors center

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Caitlin Cordtz
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HikingGreat!
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Stephanie Grice
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HikingGreat!
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Charlie Vogel
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Nichole Boucher
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. Well maintained. We started at the 4 mile mark off I10. Steel incline to start but once you make it up around the rim you start to decline. We decided to add on Red Dome since it’s only another 3 miles there and back. So glad we did. Only came across 4 other hikers in the entire 3 hours we were there. Beautiful scenery. Saw a Jack rabbit but luckily no snakes! Would highly recommend.

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Cris Hazzard
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Hiking

One of the best hikes in SoCal, there's a little of everything. The GPX track on this guide is off (from before some flooding a few years ago). The trail from the road to the visitor's center is in a different place. Check out HikingGuy com guide for more info.

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Pedro Castaneda
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Fun trail. I enjoyed it. If you are in shape, this trail would be no problem. If not in shape, it will be tiring on the legs. Even tho its less than 800 elevation gain, good work out. I do not recommend this hike when its hot. The stream was so relaxing.

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Erin Zimmerman
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HikingGreat!

Bf and I hiked this yesterday and it was gorgeous. For the first half mile or so you cross a bunch of relaxing and beautiful streams with views of the mountains and valley surrounding you. There are hardly many trees and it is mostly just vibrant bushes and shrubs that have changed colors for fall/winter. The hike itself wasn't too steep or inclined once you started hiking up the mountain towards the summit. We had a late lunch at the top of the summit and enjoyed spectacular views of the rippling mountains surrounding us and the vast valley below. The hike was a perfect balance of uphill and downhill with amazing views. Definitely recommend!

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Tom & Alison Erickson
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Not understanding some of the comments in the reviews. Drive almost all the way to the preserve entrance and park on the right side of the road. You can hike into the preserve and onto the trailhead to your right after you enter. The hike is not "easy" as someone stated, there is a lot of elevation gain with many switchbacks to reach the high point (this is doing the loop counter-clockwise). Then while headed down, the incline is less but there are many rocks to pick your way over. When you get to the canyon floor, you walk on the road a short distance, and then go back in towards the river. Find the trail that is bordered by large rocks, and follow it back into the official parking lot of the preserve (which is closed) and then out the entrance and back down the road to where you parked. Spectacular views. We always bring sandwiches and have our lunch sitting on rocks to the left of the trail at the high point. Huge plus is that dogs are allowed, something hard to find in the Coachella Valley. Most spectacular in the spring when the hillsides are covered with Brittlebrush in bloom. We did this most recently on Dec 4th - very few people, no other dogs encountered.

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nancy alexander
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HikingGreat!

Trail was an easy to moderate hike. Park approximately 200 yards before the bridge into preserve. You can see the trail marker on west side of road. Steep incline first mile, but easy meander back down hill and across the river. Wonderful to hear the rushing water. We hiked at 7:30am. It was warm. Would not want to do it on a hot day. The Canyon View Loop trail took a total of 90 minutes. If you’re looking for longer hike, take a L on PCT after 1.5 miles on Loop Trail. Canyon is VERY dry. You can see remains of wild fire this past summer. We enjoyed it but wouldn’t do it again anytime soon.

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Timothy Caldwell
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HikingGreat!No shade

Easy hike for the family and puppy. Clearly marked trails and only slight elevation gain made this a breeze. Definitely would stick to the cooler months on this one

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Nick Danger
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HikingGreat!

Great scenic hike. The hike climbs a total of about 700 ft before coming back down 700 ft along the Pacific Crest Trail. Then the remaining portion of the hike is flat along a perennial stream in the middle of the desert. My watch tracked 3.9 miles and 710 ft of elevation change with a max elevation of 2,757 ft above sea level. Dogs are allowed on-leash. I would rate this Trail as moderate. Other than the one mile of climbing 700 ft, this trail can be completed fairly easily.

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Maria Cardiel
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HikingGreat!

It was a very nice hike

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Cheryl Kryshak
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Hiking

This trail is closed until November 24

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Michal Shechtman
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful! Followed the advice and entered from the road before the bridge. Enjoyed the incline and then the walking along the ridge line. Great views! And a meandor along the creek once at the bottom.

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Caroline Decker
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Whitewater Preserve facilities are closed however you may still park alongside the road. Hike took us about 3 hours to complete entire loop. Suggest to enter trailhead from the road before the bridge and exit through the preserve. Minimal shade along south portion of the trail however the northern portion rewards you with shade and creek views. Bridges across creek are intact.

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Leslie Iacono
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Closed

Trail is closed! You cannot access the trail at all there is a locked gate with no parking

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Kathy Stratton-Cheney
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HikingGreat!
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Karla Medina
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Trail is closed!

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Cheryl Pump
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Enjoyed it immensely. Feet got wet crossing but there are definitely places to cross to avoid this. We started at the trailhead by ranger station. Very well maintained.

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Lucy Liang
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HikingNo shadeRocky

A little rocky while crossing the river but great challenging day hike.

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