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Mission Creek Stonehouse
  • Mission Creek
  • Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Explore a piece of Greater Palm Springs history at the Mission Creek Stonehouse, a historic structure tucked away in the lush wetlands of the Mission Creek Preserve. Now part of the Sand to Snow National Monument, the preserve encompasses lands that were once a dude ranch, and long before that, home to the Mission Band of Sonoran Indians. The Stonehouse is a remnant of the area’s ranch days and features informational exhibits, as well as restrooms and picnic tables, so pack a lunch and make a day out of it. Families and hikers with their four-legged friends enjoy the easy 3.2-mile round-trip hike, which follows a crystal-clear stream and passes by an enormous Freemont cottonwood tree (cameras ready!). Creosote, yucca, and mesquite also sprinkle the landscape, and spring and winter rainfall brings a blanketing of wildflowers. The wildlife here is equally diverse, from bighorn sheep to the endangered least Bell's vireo. To reach the trailhead, turn onto Mission Creek Road from Highway 62 and follow the dirt lane for 2 miles until reaching a locked gate. Park in the unpaved lot, cross the gate, and set out on the dirt path.

Total Distance: 3.2 miles Level: Easy

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 3.2
  • Distance (km): 5.1
  • Difficulty Score: 8
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 2119
  • Elevation Gain (+): 345
  • Elevation Loss (-): 8
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 345
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 105
  • Minimum Elevation: 2117
  • Maximum Elevation: 2453
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 336
  • Parking Type: Unpaved lot
  • Location: San Bernardino Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Mission Creek Preserve/Sand to Snow National Monument
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  • 1 - 5 Miles:
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Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
Mission Creek
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