The Mission Creek Preserve trails lead to the Pacific Crest Trail that is four miles from the Trailhead Parking Area. Be sure to keep your dog onleash in this area. Visitors can hike from Mission Creek Preserve to the Whitewater Preserve, eight miles each way, by using the Mission Creek and Pacific Crest Trails. Four stone casitas have been converted to shade structures for picnicking.
The preserve hosts deer, bear, big horn sheep and mountain lions and has spectacular displays of spring wildflowers in wet years.
Don’t miss the Mission Creek Stonehouse in the wetlands of the Preserve.
The trailhead is at the end of Mission Creek Road heading west of Highway 62, five and a half miles north of Interstate 10 and Palm Springs. The parking area outside of the locked access gate on Mission Creek Road is available for visitor use without prior authorization from TWC.