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Top 45 hikes in the West

Hit the trail on these iconic and under-the-radar hikes through unforgettable desert, mountain, and coastal terrain

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Mission Creek Preserve, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Andrea Gómez Romero

Mission Creek Preserve, Desert Hot Springs, CA

The Wildlands Conservancy’s Mission Creek Preserve houses one of the prettiest hikes, following the year-round stream that’s the source of the area’s renowned drinking water. Bonus? It’s also one of the least traveled. The green desert valley jumps with quail and rabbits, as the 4-mile (one-way) West Fork Trail ascends gently toward Mt. San Gorgonio and the Pacific Crest Trail.

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