Whitewater Preserve

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lorentz18
El Cerrito, CA119 contributions
Great for Family and Dog
Apr 2021
Nice hiking with unique scenery. About a half-hour drive from Palm Springs. The 3.5 mile loop trail was very doable for my dog and 10 yo. It is a little hard to see the trail marking when it comes in off the road so be aware you might stumble around for a little before you find it. (Not possible to get lost at that point, though, you can see the visitor center roof.)
Written 18 April 2021
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,113 contributions
Hiking for fun!
Feb 2020
This is the Whitewater Preserve

WE went first at the Visitor's Center. We learned a lot here. There was a waterfall.

When we left we saw a place with water and rocks.

WE enjoyed hiking. We left late, but we could come back later.

We enjoyed the rivers and tied to visit everything

At one time we had to climb on the rocks. That was fun!
Written 15 January 2021
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,113 contributions
Hiking for fun!
Feb 2020
When we entered at the Whitewater Preserve, there was a waterfall and a lot of water.

We decided to hike.

It was fun!

Sometimes we had to balance not to fall in the water.

There were many rocks and small mountains.

We were the last ones to hike. They told us that they will let us go when we come .

It was amazing. We saw running water.

The mountains were amazing!. It changed with the sun.

When we came back we enjoyed the waterfall.

I really liked that. A must see!
Written 28 July 2020
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Rexflash
Irvine, CA178 contributions
Just another tiny patch of trees in the desert
Apr 2020
We went to take a hike. The pictures from the website make it look like a large verdant oasis. It's not. It's a tiny patch of trees up a rocky canyon in the parched desert. The trails are all steep and treeless. There are some good views once you get up top. If you have nothing better to do, I guess it's worth one trip.
Written 25 May 2020
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AKKris
Juneau, AK146 contributions
Really Nice Hike!
Feb 2020
Easy hike at the beginning and there was an area where you needed to cross a stream but was easy when we were there. There wasn't a lot of water. It then junctions with the Pacific Crest Trail and there are some inclines up the mountain. Was not crowded and nice hike. Beautiful plants and area. Be sure to visit old hatchery area. Nice picnic area.
Written 21 April 2020
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Joe G
Los Angeles, CA15 contributions
GREAT quiet place to take in desert views, near Palm Springs
Feb 2020
While this is in Riverside County, Whitewater Preserve is much closer to Palm Springs or Desert Hot Springs. We visited on a perfect sunny day in February and were not disappointed. (I'm not sure I'd recommend this place for summer). It's a good 10-minute drive off the highway into wilderness. But then, what a nice place to get startlingly open desert mountain views. Even if the parking lot looks busy upon arrival, once you get away from the pretty manicured public welcome area there's plenty of space to spread out, hike and take in the views. Easy trails take you right to unexpected flowing water from the snowmelt in mountains hours away. Again, I'm sure this varies monthly, depending on weather conditions. But we were so startled and just sat there next to the mountain and the flowing stream for a peaceful moment. If you take some trails further, you'll cross the famed Pacific Crest Trail and serious hikers.

This place is very serious about pack-out, as there are no trash cans or dumpster anywhere - take whatever food or trash you brought in back home with you in your car or truck, to help keep it pristine. No vending machines anywhere. The picnic area, bathrooms, trails and grass area by the welcome center are so well done, it renewed my hope in humanity.
Written 13 April 2020
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waynefromcali
Yucaipa, CA3,043 contributions
Whitewater Reserve is A Hidden Gem!
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Wildlands Conservancy Whitewater Preserve located in Whitewater California is a beautiful place off of interstate hwy 10 that is a hidden oasis and a gem of the California deserts.
After your exit to Whitewater you drive on scenic two lane road skirting the Whitewater river and a few miles later you are at a scenic oasis with parking,campsites,a green grass park,hiking trails and two lakes with a running stream.
There is lots to explore,hike and photograph here.
The mountains surrounding this oasis feature families of wildlife such as bighorn sheep,fox,coyote and birds.
Serene is the word that best describes this beautiful and picturesque land reserve for all to enjoy-and best of all its all free! Family friendly and open all year long.
There are friendly workers at the information cabin style building are there to answer all your questions with free maps.
Bring a picnic and any water or food supplies with you because there is no food services here.
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Written 17 February 2020
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Steve M
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Canyon view loop hike. Wonderful views!
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I agree that the hike on the Canyon View Loop was one of our favorite if not the favorite hike we did while visiting the area.
Nice moderate hike with great views. A lot of variety in landscape.
Recommend visiting the Whitewater Preserve. I know when we return to the area, next vacation, we will plan on spending some more time there.
Written 16 February 2020
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Raymond P
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Once of my favorite hikes/places near Palm Springs
Dec 2019
Every year we come to Palm Springs for the xmas vacation. The loop hike at Whitewater is one I will always do, sometimes twice during our stay. It's a moderate hike. If you go counter-clockwise, steep switchbacks going up early in the hike to the plateau then mostly flat then down hill. Loop is probably 3, maybe 3.5 to 4 miles. The small park at the parking area is exquisite with cottonwood (I think) trees and a mellow atmosphere with picnic tables. Pack a lunch, do the hike, then enjoy a nice lunch under the trees. It's only about 40 minutes from Palm Springs.

There are trail branches where you can go further and climb up higher, but we have not done these yet. Anyway, I highly recommend Whitewater Preserve and it's hike.
Written 18 January 2020
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Chuck8700
Riverside, CA3,060 contributions
PEACEFUL AND SCENIC
Dec 2019
We went to Whitewater Preserve on a rainy day. The rain enhanced the beauty and peacefulness of the preserve. Interesting diversity in the preserve ranging from beautiful changing leaves to rustic desert landscapes. They even had water in the river.
Written 25 December 2019
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