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3 months ago

Big Morongo Preserve is a very unique place . There are 4 trials listed here but they all start at the parking lot and can all be hike in just a few hrs . There is also another preserve next door that can be accessed from the Big Morongo trail . There are millions of lizards and birds wetlands Marsh and a creek that flows the whole distance of the longest trail . The long trail is by far the most interesting and can be very very green if we have had a good rainy season . The boardwalks are fun and the history which you can read about at the parking area is very interesting . There are flush toilets and tables as well as a lot of benches scattered around the park If you enjoy yourselves , Be sure to leave a small donation in the box nest to the parking area . .

Love this trail, haven't been there in years. Want to go back soon.

8 months ago

Such a beautiful place!

8 months ago

I think we're right between wildflowers. Orchids aren't out yet, and shrubs are finished blooming. Very friendly jays and thrashers, wanted to pose. Lots of butterflies. Very pleasant walk!

The trail around the marsh area is great for bird watching and butterflies/flowers after spring rains. We did the 11 mile round trip on a Wednesday. Quiet and peaceful. But the trail had no water running when we went and the end of the trail where you have to turn around the view of the windmills was nice but it is adjacent to private property and there is a bunch of dumped trash & tires there. If i go back it would only be to walk the 2 mile loop, but I won't drive and hour out here to do a 2 mile hike. What I did like was on the loop they did have most the plants along it marked so you knew what it was.

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Read on --
Morongo Valley has this hike as a main (and only?) attraction. The upper highly maintained loops and board walks are scenic and fun and excellent, however, the out and back extension that makes this a 9 mile hike is rather average (I wouldn't do that part again since there are better ways to spend your time, like Whitewater loop). Definitely explore the touristy beginning part near the parking lot - it's great. There's actually a marshy area there complete with board walks and thickets! Pretty cool for the desert. Note -- no dogs even on leash - how rude!!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

We did this hike today, didn't see any big horn sheep this time but we have in the past. We parked one car at the trail end and started at the preserve. To find the trail end, look for the gas pipeline markers about 1/4 mi or so east of Rt 62 on Indian Canyon. There's some equipment with a chain link fence by the road there. It's probably not allowed to park along this road but it's not posted keep out. The road is very rough so use a high clearance vehicle. Be careful not to leave valuables in your car here. My GPS said it was almost 6.5 miles from the preserve to Indian Canyon Rd. This is an easy hike with very little grade change. Lots of different birds at the beginning.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

I've been coming to this park for 20 years and I've seen a lot of changes. There are marked walks/hikes from easy to moderate and some are actually wooden walkways. If you're in the area it's pretty cool to peep it. I noticed a lot of birds, a deer, and all sorts of vegetation. There are Mountain Lion warnings but I wouldn't let that stop you. There's a story of Willy Boy, one of the last outlaws hunted by a riding posse. They made a movie.

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