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On the I10 take the exit Whitewater, follow the sign Whitewater preserve.
At point "Pacific Crest 1" you cross the PC trail, there is a large (free) roadside parking at this point.
The creek may still be running over the road, there was plenty of water when we where here. Most of the other cars didn't dare to cross, so you may want to check ahead if the road is drivable.
The road wasn't closed and the water not very deep, so our RAV 4 didn't complain at all.
Park at the Whitewater Preserve (free).
Start hiking North/West on the marked trail.
The creek was quite a stream, impossible to cross. But even if you could, you have to cross it again.
The crossing is marked with huge sticks and at some point there where bridges, but not this year.
So only cross the creek to the Pacific Crest trail when you can cross easily at this point.
When you can't cross, follow the creek upstream.
Away from the creek is the best place to be.
But the first mile, is rocky, whatever you do.
Further on you can hike the sandy washes, more to the right.
After about 2 miles look for poles left and right.
The Pacific Crest trail crosses the creek at this point and turns North/East.
From now on its all trail.
Wondering where the flowers are, they are right here.
The trail winds up a small canyon, and smaller canyons are always the best place for flowers.
This canyon has a wide variety of flowers blooming when you are at the right time.
Over the saddle, after about 600 yards down, take an unmarked T junction to the right.
As this is a longer hike, this is a good turning point. You should have seen most of the flowers by now.
Follow the trail, down into the canyon, towards the Rock House parking in the Mission Creek Preserve.
Look in the sandy wash on the way down, when we where there it was a yellow flowerbed.
You may start at this point, but there is a closed gate 1.5 mile further along the road.
So be sure you get a permit and the lock combination, when you want to start at this point.
Mission Creek Preserve
Hiking time: 5 Hour.
Make sure the Whitewater Preserve is open. (snow).
The right time, depends on a lot of factors, this year the end of March 2011 was a good time.
Warning it may be quite busy on the trail. When we where here (the end of March 2011), at point "Pacific Crest 1" there where 100+ hikers.
And this on a weekday.
As only a few dared to cross the creek, we didn't see any hikers on our trail.
So I don't expect this trail along the creek to be very busy.