Canyon View Trail, Whitewater Preserve

Palm Springs, California 92263

Canyon View Trail, Whitewater Preserve

Canyon View Trail, Whitewater Preserve Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The moderate, well-marked Canyon View Trail is a great introduction to the area and provides a striking contrast to the desert environment of nearby Palm Springs.

After a mile of flat trail that crisscrosses a year-round river, it connects with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) briefly as it heads south toward Mexico, then loops back along a ridge with spectacular views of the valley. There’s a brief stretch at the end that requires walking on the side of the road."

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"At the right time of year, this hike, in one of the Wildlands Conservancy preserves, delivers a unique facet of the Southern California desert landscape. Hikers and their dogs cross a ribbon of the Whitewater River before climbing to an exposed ridge along the Pacific Crest Trail for panoramic views of green slopes against snow-dusted peaks cradling the Coachella Valley. This hike is the centerpiece to the Whitewater Preserve’s almost 3,000 acres of protected habitat within the 60,000-acre Sands to Snow Preserve system. The preserve was established by the Wildlands Conservancy and is one of the fifteen preserves in the 147,000-acre nature preserve system, the “largest nonprofit nature preserve system in California.”" Read more

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Trail Information

Palm Springs
Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Whitewater Preserve, 760-325-7222,
Local Contacts
At visitor center and trailhead
Local Maps

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Dec 2018