Whitwater Ranger Station to Cottonwood TH via PCT

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Whitwater Ranger Station to Cottonwood TH via PCT is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitewater, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,279 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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This is a oneway car shuttle from the Whitewater ranger station to the Cottonwood Trailhead parking spot. It traverses the areas mountains. It is mostly on the PCT. The trail is presently run by the Wetlands Conservancy. It's a little "ledgy" in a few spots, but in general it's well maintained. The low desert part is somewhat attractive, and has close up views of windmills.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. We started at 7am and it got really hot. I bet March or April would be a better time to do this hike. Once we reached Whitewater River, we took our shoes off and cooled our feet down. The Ranger Station does not open until 8am, so you can not park in the parking lot by the Ranger's station. We were told by the ranger during fire season which might start next week, you are not allowed to park outside the gate on the shoulder. But since we hiked on 5/6/18, we were allowed to park on the shoulder. We are section hiking the PCT, so when we ended this hike, we applied for a permit. They will keep the permit on file, so when we hike our next section, we just have to call the Ranger Station and they will give us the combination to the gate so that we may again start our hike before they open.

backpacking
6 months ago

Good day hike. Lots of elevation with stunning views of mt San Jacinto and Coachella valley. Flowers are blooming early this year. Popular hike

hiking
7 months ago

This is a oneway car shuttle from the Whitewater ranger station to the Cottonwood Trailhead parking spot. It traverses the areas mountains. It is mostly on the PCT. I would have liked to upload a similar track to my device before this hike, but couldn't. This one would work for all trails consumers. I could upload a few pictures later if the trail appears on all trails in the near future. The trail is presently run by the Wetlands Conservancy. It's a little "ledgy" in a few spots, but in general it's well maintained. The low desert part is somewhat attractive, and has close up views of windmills.

Monday, December 29, 2014