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Top hiking trails to explore in La Quinta

There is no better way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of La Quinta than to hit the trails. From easy to moderate, whether you want a leisurely stroll or something to challenge even seasoned hikers, The Gem of the Desert has something for everyone. 

aerial view of palm spring
Here are the top picks for hiking trails to try in Las Quinta.

Bear Creek Trail

Distance: 8.3 mile

Elevation gain: 333 m

Route type : Out and Back

Located in the protected area of Fred Wolff Nature Preserve, Bear Creek Trail is one of the most popular hikes in La Quinta. Families, bikers, and joggers love using this trail as it provides scenic routes with views of the canyons, mountains and the Santa Rosa Wilderness. The trail is relatively easy in the first few miles. As you wind up along the ridges, its elevation ascends towards the end of the trail. When you reach the top, it pays off with great views of Coachella Valley and San Jacinto Peaks. The descent is calm and allows you to enjoy an oasis of lush palm trees. 

This is a particularly good trail for those with young children, as the trail is less crowded than other trails and the terrain is stroller-friendly. Kids can learn from the educational signs along the trail, highlighting native plants and wildlife. 

La Quinta Cove to Lake Cahuilla

Distance: 6.6 miles

Elevation gain: 279 m

Route type: Out and back

If you’re looking for an easy hike for the whole family, this trail is an excellent choice. 

Crossing a divide from Coral Reef Mountains to Santa Rosas, the hike shows off the exotic wildlife of the Santa Rosa Mountains and also the striking down-valley vistas. 

Along the way, keep a look out for desert bighorn sheep. At the end of the hike, the trail takes you to the undulating greens of the Quarry Golf Course.

East Cove Trailhead

Distance: 2.1 miles

Elevation gain: 56 m 

Route type: Loop

Offering an easy route, East Cove Trailhead is suitable for hikers of all skill levels. Barely 47 minutes to complete, this trail is popular among hikers, mountain bikers and runners. Accessible year-round, the hike takes you to astounding views. Choose a spot and spend some quiet time appreciating the scenery.

The short trail with moderate elevation is great for family hikes. You can bring your leashed dogs on the trail.

Boo Hoff Trail

Distance: 12.8 miles

Elevation gain: 698 m

Route type: Loop

Gear up for this strenuous hike that will test your endurance. Once part of a historic Indian trail,

Boo Hoff Trail is one of the more challenging trails for hikers, but the rocky climb rewards your efforts with stunning vistas and reveals the wilderness of Santa Rosa Mountains. Colorful wildflowers, stately ocotillos and unique rock formations provide a dramatic backdrop. To the northeast, you have the view of The Salton Sea, while the Mountain San Jacinto is visible in the northwest. 

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