The stark Colorado Desert, with its agave, ocotillo, and creosote, rises up boulder-strewn and eroded canyons to chaparral, juniper, and pine-covered ridges. Elevations change drastically from just above sea level to over 7,000 feet. Seemingly desolate and inhospitable, the Santa Rosa Mountains are laced with deep washes and shallow drainages. Several riparian streams flow year-round. Blistering summer heat is sometimes relieved by thunderstorms that send torrents of water down the sandy washes. Many of these regions are important lambing sites for bighorn sheep; in fact, the mountains support the largest herd of rare peninsular bighorn sheep in the United States. Coniferous forests high in these mountains provide habitat for mule deer, while the desert below houses numerous reptiles including the desert slender salamander. Great horned owls soar in the night skies, and falcons and eagles nest and forage throughout the Wilderness. The primary access into the Wilderness is the 9.5-mile Cactus Spring Trail.

Go up trail and veer right around the lower mountain. 6 miles. Not out and back. Out and around!

Easy hike with some elevation gain giving you a good glimpse of some amazing ground level dessert landscape filled with unique plants and rocks as well as a good vista of you get all the way to the top and back down. Very accessible, easy free parking. Restrooms and water is available at the visitors center. Highly recommend if you want to stay close to the city.

This is a very well marked trail which I really like. No chance on getting lost. It is fairly easy and very little elevation (in my opinion) for those who don't like elevation gain. I really enjoyed this hike and had enough energy left over to do about an hour of the Art Smith trail which is across the street when I was done. BTW The Art Smith is also quite nice and well marked.

Seriously this trail is not for the novice! I'm a fit chick, runner and a hiker! It's an uphill trail overall! Awesome scenery. Should not be rated as easy!

Perhaps desert hiking is not my favorite hiking... But this was a well marked trail, heavy sand in the wash area, the ridge route was nice. Couldn't get a view of the valley, as the prohibited area protecting the Big Horn sheep prevented us from peeking over the ridge. I was a bit disappointed.

Very nice non-strenuous walk with 80 year old dad.

10 months ago

This isn't the Boo Hoff trail, just a hike in the La Quinta cove. The Boo Hoff is a 9 to 12 mile hike depending on where you finish at the lake or back at the cove.

trail running
10 months ago

Lots of people on this trail. Easily accessible and a variety of plants to be seen. It's enjoyable walking or running up the wash.

This is a good introduction to hiking in the Coachella Valley.

11 months ago

Great- the boo hoff trail is 9 miles one way, but connects to the cove trail at the lake Cahuilla visitor lot... For another 4 miles to make a nice loop. It's easy to loose the trail, but there are people about... Bring lots of water!!!

11 months ago

I wouldn't say it's easy- maybe moderate... Especially once you head into the mountains- I took it and connected with the cove to lake trail for a challenging 12 mile loop... Bring plenty of water!!!

Good morning hike in the desert. Nice views some up hill but not bad. Very close to the road but at times you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere

Starting to see color. Great

hiking
11 months ago

This was a nice little hike...more of a long walk. Trail is well maintained. Runners are fine. Was fun with the limited time we had available.

hiking
1 year ago

Very beautiful. Fun hike. Cool canyons with ropes near the trailhead.

Some good elevation to get yer sweat on and incredibly quiet once you get back into the canyon and if you so desire it can be just a wash walk

hiking
1 year ago

every Wednesday......