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Superb hike with beautiful scenery on a well-marked portion of the PCT. Lots of variety, uncrowded, with enough elevation change to make it interesting.

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rocky
15 days ago

Great pre-thanksgiving hike, got there before the big storm hit on Wednesday. We found a little sandy berm near red dome to pitch our tents for the evening VERY windy in the morning, our tents went air borne! 2 Miles from the visitors center to red dome, then 4 more miles to the next stop. Very easy trail. Lots of water in the creekbed. Get to the visitors center early or if you get there later, be prepared to wait for someone to leave, as the parking lot is very full during the mid day. Clean bathrooms at the visitors center.

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bridge out
no shade
over grown
23 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.

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no shade
washed out
23 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.

Whitewater Preserve has reopened starting 11/01/19.

The road to the trail is open!! I hike it today with my 8, 10 and 13 month old (in a backpack) and all 4 of us enjoyed!!

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no shade
29 days ago

I parked off the 15 Freeway near McDonalds and enjoyed a taste of PCT! I have no plans of serious long distance hikes along this famous trail, but it was nice to spend the whole morning taking in a piece of it. Great views of the Cajon Pass and the freight trains weaving their way through this historic area.

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.

This is my pup's new favorite spot. There is a good flowing stream just below the trail. The GPS directions are wrong though, they took us to a housing track on a dirt road. Take the 10 to the 62, then turn left on Mission Creek Rd.

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

beautiful trail. we only went up about 5 miles, due to timing and limited water. Gorgeous views and a fun, rocky trail.

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closed
5 months ago

road to access trail is closed as of late June. unsure of when it will open again.

We did it 6/1/19. Beautiful, demanding hike. still a lot of snow from 9,500 ft to the peak, micros help but not indispensable. Started at 3 am, took us 16 hours, moving time 13.5.

Hiked to whitewater preserve and back from the start of section C. 6 hours total after taking 30 minutes for lunch at the water. Several pct thru hikers were out in force on this gorgeous day. Lots of color, lots of elevation in this part. Awesome views.

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off trail
rocky
washed out
8 months ago

Easy hike to the Stonehouse and beyond to the PCT.

Went with my dog for a weekend and had a great time. Out and back about 7 miles into the trail, just past the preserve. There IS WATER in March running down multiple streams, so you can fill up along the way. Would definitely like to finish the rest.

9 months ago

Road currently closed

Nice hike just outside Desert Hot Springs. Great way to spend the afternoon

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

hiking
9 months ago

Great little hike. Lots of water the second half/ too much water to climb the ladder/ but this gives me a reason to comeback and do it again. When you see the lonesome pine you are almost there.

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