Best trails in Whitewater, California

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Looking for a great trail near Whitewater, California? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount San Jacinto State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Whitewater Preserve or Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Whitewater ranging from 2.9 to 15.2 miles and from 1,181 to 3,405 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Whitewater, California
Top trails (12)
#1 - Whitewater Canyon View Loop Trail
Whitewater Preserve
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
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.Show more
#2 - PCT: CA Section C - Highway 10 to Highway 15 (Cajon Pass)
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 122.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
This route has rolling, grassy hills with wildflowers and succulents in full bloom. There are some switchbacking going up the steeper hills, but they tend to be on the shielded sides around here, helped on windy days. Lots of small wildlife!Show more
#3 - Whitewater River via Visitor Center
Whitewater Preserve
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Whitewater Preserve and its trails remains open however trailheads are only accessible on Whitewater Canyon Road with parking available along the roadside. Preserve hours are 8 am to 5 pm. More information here: https://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_whitewater.htmlShow more
#4 - Red Dome via Pacific Crest Trail
Whitewater Preserve
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h
Whitewater Preserve and its trails remains open however trailheads are only accessible on Whitewater Canyon Road with parking available along the roadside. Preserve hours are 8 am to 5 pm. More information here: https://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_whitewater.htmlShow more
#5 - Rainbow Rock Canyon
Whitewater Preserve
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
Whitewater Preserve and its trails remains open however trailheads are only accessible on Whitewater Canyon Road with parking available along the roadside. Preserve hours are 8 am to 5 pm. More information here: https://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_whitewater.html Note: This trail is not a defined or maintained trail. It is not included in the official trail map at the visitor center. It is a wilderness hike on BLM public land that has become popular over time. Additionally the "waterfall" can be difficult to access and is ephemeral, only flowing seasonally. Many visitors do this hike only to be disappointed. It is also used often by hunters during Fall deer season which can be a deterrent for some hikers. Rainbow Rock Canyon is frequented by many feral cattle that can be aggressive. Please use caution when hiking.Show more
#6 - Mission Creek Trail
Whitewater, California
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 7 h 10 m
#7 - Whitewater Ranger Station to Cottonwood TH via PCT
Whitewater Preserve
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h
Whitewater Preserve and its trails remains open however trailheads are only accessible on Whitewater Canyon Road with parking available along the roadside. Preserve hours are 8 am to 5 pm. More information here: https://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_whitewater.html 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. Show more
#8 - Vargas Palms Trail
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
#9 - Devils Garden Trail
Sand to Snow National Monument
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
One of the hills adjacent to Hwy 62. Its a dirt road similar to a service road which ends at a loop at the summit. This trail is located partially in a wilderness area, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport, with the exception of wheelchairs, is allowed in any area. This includes, but is not limited to: chainsaws, ATVs, motorcycles, mountain bikes, e-bikes, game carts, wagons, cars, trucks, and other vehicles. See waypoint for wilderness boundary.Show more
#10 - Snow Creek and San Jacinto Peak to Tram [CLOSED]
San Jacinto Wilderness
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Length: 28 mi • Est. Multi-day
Note: The Pacific Crest Trail between Snow Creek Village and Black Mountain Road is currently closed, as well as the surrounding burn scar area. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sbnf/alerts-noticesShow more
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