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One of the best trails in the Coachella Valley - geological formations, expansive views, PCT thru-hikers on the trail, and it's wildflower season!
We hike 6.2 miles one way from the Mission Creek Preserve to the Whitewater Preserve. We meet at the Palm Springs PetSmart parking area and our passenger van will drop us off at the Mission Creek stone house. We hike up the West Fork Trail two miles to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the ridge, drop down into the Whitewater wash, crossing the Whitewater River.... to the Canyon View Loop Trail …. leading to Whitewater Preserve Ranger Station. The Whitewater river has diverted to underground flow in this area, but it may reappear for surface flow sometime in the future.
Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Sun Protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Bring a mask to wear while in the van. Hiking poles may be helpful. Optional lunch at Goody's Cafe upon return.
Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. This hike is rated moderate plus - click here for more information.
Weather Policy - Inclement weather may cancel.
Cancel for a refund, minus a $5 service fee, only if there is a waitlist.
Special COVID Related Requirements
You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE
Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.