Hiking Canyon View Loop Trail in Whitewater Preserve

We’re in the Palm Springs area and crossing our fingers that RV repairs are over for a while. Yesterday we took our first hike in the recently established Sand to Snow National Monument. President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the Sand to Snow National Monument on February 11, 2016, protecting the 154,000-acre land for all to enjoy.

The Canyon View Loop Trail is in the Whitewater Preserve, now part of the National Monument. The trailhead is only 30 min from where we stay. I got good information about this trail from Hikespeak.com website, so check them out to plan your hike.

A short section of the Canyon View Loop Trail is shared with the Pacific Crest Trail. Most of the climb is done in one section after we crossed the Whitewater River, about 2/3 mile from the start. The view from the top was gorgeous.

See some of photos from our hike below.

A view from the parking lot

A view from the parking lot

Trail starts with a flat section before crossing Whitewater River.

Trail starts with a flat section before crossing Whitewater River.

Approaching the river crossing

Approaching the river crossing

From Whitewater River looking south

From Whitewater River looking south

Looking down the canyon from the middle of the climb

Looking down the canyon from the middle of the climb

From the top of the trail looking toward Palm Springs

From the top of the trail looking toward Palm Springs

View from the top of the trail looking toward the San Gorgonio Wilderness

View from the top of the trail looking toward the San Gorgonio Wilderness

Whitewater River

Whitewater River

  • Date hiked: November 22, 2016
  • Hiking time: 1h 43m
  • Distance: Approx. 3.5 mi round-trip (loop)
  • Elevation change: My Apple Watch recorded a 973 ft gain
  • Free to park at the Ranger Station and to enjoy this public land but please note that the parking lot gate is closed at 17:00

4 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous hike and the hikespeak link! We’ll be passing within an hour of this area this summer, and after reading your post, I’d love to try to work this trail in. Love that you were able to visit our newest national monument.and hike part of the PCT, too. Beautiful photos!

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