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Mission Creek Preserve

Daisy's Desert Dog Treks

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Today, I’m sharing one of my (and Daisy’s) favorite places to hike. It’s the Mission Creek Preserve, and it’s part of the Wildlands Conservancy. Their preserves are some of the most well-maintained, clean, peaceful, and easily accessible you’ll ever find. Daisy loves them because, unlike many other nature preserves and state parks, they are super DOG-FRIENDLY!!! I’ll be sharing more information on the Wildlands Conservancy in a future post, but for now, here are the photos from the WordPress 5K that Dasiy and I completed on April 23. I know, I know…I’m a little behind on my posts. Blame it on my day job. Anyway, this hike is perfect for a 5K because it’s 1.6 miles each way, which makes for a nice roundtrip hike. Oh, and did I mention that it’s free? Although, once you meet the amazingly helpful and friendly staff, I’m sure you’ll want to make a donation to help support this wonderful organization.

The preserve is easily located off Highway 62, going north from the I-10,  on Mission Creek Road in Desert Hot Springs. It’s a dirt road, so even though it’s clear enough for a regular car, it’s always best to take a truck, if at all possible, especially after any rainfall, since it can get a little bumpy. There is plenty of parking at the entrance, just before the gate. The trail is clearly marked, since it’s really a wide gravel path with open desert all of the way. There is a beautiful, little cabin with a stone fireplace, tables, and porch to rest your weary self for few minutes. There are signs pointing to the stone cabin which makes a great place to have a picnic lunch, and use the restrooms. Yes, I said restrooms, with running water!! No Port-a-Potties here. Can you believe it? On a hike? Decide here if you’re up to continue on to the Whitewater Preserve, a few more miles away, or simply turn around and complete the loop. It’s an easy hike, and we did it in about an hour, stopping often for pictures, and to smell the spring blooms. On most days, you’ll likely have the whole place to yourself. Blissful solitude. Who could ask for more?

Daisy gave this hike a full 5 wags. Outstanding!!

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Hi! I'm Nuvea. I live in Southern California with my husband, three horses, four dogs and one cat, but can frequently be found restoring our tiny stone cottage and olive grove in Portugal.

4 thoughts on “Mission Creek Preserve”

  1. hi there! thanks so much for participating in my little quiz and for your sweet comment! i love your photos of the preserve… i so miss living in nature. the city can get a little grating. the cacti are gorgeous!

    • NuveaSantosCobb says:

      Thanks for your comment, Dexter! Be sure to follow my blog so you can keep up with all the canine adventures!

  2. heather says:

    I like this trail. We trail ride this trail at least once a season with the desert riders. 🙂

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