PS - Hike - Mission Creek to Whitewater Preserve - Shuttle

  • Tue, April 26, 2022
  • 7:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Mission Creek Preserve


  • Covers the cost of the rental van for the shuttle.

Registration maximum for this event has been reached.

  • 7:45 am meet at PetSmart Palm Springs Ramon/Crossley (Map) for 8 am departure
  • 6.2 miles      
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
  • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 600 feet
  • Trailhead Elevation: 2500’
  • Difficulty Rating: Moderate Plus 
  • Type:  Trail - one way with van shuttle
  • Terrain: rocky trail, sandy areas, rocky dry stream crossing as of now, but water may return.
  • Optional lunch upon return at Goody's Cafe map
  • Hike Leaders: Joey Duhon email click here
  • Co Leader Scott Connelly email click here


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: 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. 

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