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Whitewater Canyon View Loop Trail

MODERATE 177 reviews
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Whitewater Canyon View Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.6 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.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 623 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

running

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

bugs

muddy

rocky

washed out

no shade

Whitewater Preserve remains open and the only legal parking in the Canyon is in the Whitewater Preserve parking lot. Preserve hours are 8 am to 5 pm. Please arrive early, and carpool if you are with a large group, as the parking lot fills quickly. Posted signs prohibit horses and bicycles.

hiking
bridge out
no shade
over grown
18 days ago

The trail going up has a lot of switch back but the view is breathtaking. The trail drops you down into the road where you can either take the road back or follow the water back to the preserves.

hiking
no shade
washed out
19 days ago

Trail starts off flat for the first half mile or so and then it's a steep climb for the next mile or so with views of the canyon from the top. Moderately difficult hike due to the rapid Elevation gain and somewhat washed out trail on the ascent and descent.

hiking
22 days ago

Whitewater Preserve has reopened starting 11/01/19.

recorded Recording - Nov 10, 3:08 PM

hiking
no shade
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Open! Great hike, really nice views, started at 9am and was plenty warm on the top and coming down the south end still. River is low. Dog approved.

9 months ago

Road currently closed

no shade
rocky
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Simply amazing views !!!

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful view.. I loved it <3

10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months 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!

Mon Dec 03 2018

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

hiking
Thu Oct 25 2018

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.

hiking
Fri Oct 19 2018

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.

Sun Jun 24 2018

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!)

hiking
Mon Apr 23 2018

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

Wed Apr 18 2018

Really great place to be,

hiking
Sat Apr 14 2018

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

Wed Mar 28 2018

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
Sun Mar 25 2018

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
Tue Mar 20 2018

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.

Mon Mar 12 2018

Excellent hike today

backpacking
Mon Mar 05 2018

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
Mon Feb 19 2018

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

hiking
Sat Feb 03 2018

Beautiful!

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