Bear Creek Canyon Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Quinta, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
One of the trails at La Quinta Cove, open all year to all skill level. Relatively flat trail with panoramic views of the mountains to the south.
Was great to bring small kids in wagon because of the paved pathway and will definitely come back for future bike rides and or jogging with my dog:-)
spectacular flowers after the three mile mark
I lost the trail and spent a lot of time in the wash within the canyon, which is slow going.
What a great trail, decided to stay to the right and off the wash which made it a moderate hike. We were also able to spot a big horn. We will definitely do this trail again.
A great hike we stayed to the right of the trail and climbed up instead of walking through the wash, which made it a moderate hike. We will definitely do this trail again. We're able to see a big horn as well.
Beautiful scenery and easy biking trail.
Good road trail, nice and not super crowded
Hiked this trail in early January and while starting off easy it presents with a steady uphill climb until just before the oasis. The views of San jacinto peak were quite beautiful and the diversity of cacti also stunning. Well worth the jaunt.
It's a great hike but if you go all the way to the oasis it's not easy. The track the shows 4.4 miles one way is correct but the elevation gain is much more than 134 ft, just look at the graph, starts at 2300 ft and end at 1300 ft. Just a warning this is a difficult hike, take lots of water in warm weather.
A good trail with a variety of levels. There are two ways to go: One way (the main way) takes you up some rocky terrain, then downhill you'll pretty much be walling down soft sand the whole time. If you choose this path, I'd rate it as a moderate hike. But if you go the opposite direction, you'll be climbing uphill in all soft sand, then down the rocky terrain. That would make the hike a lot more difficult, rating it as "hard."
There's not much to see except a lot of dirty desert, rusty metal scraps and broken glass...unless you're lucky enough to encounter some Big Horn Sheep.
My wife and I headed out a little later in the day so we took it pretty quick up the trail. It was a great hike for both of us. Never been up there and we really enjoyed the hike. Gorgeous sights to see and the views are outstanding. Weather was cool and coming back later in the afternoon just before sunset was really nice and our first experience in that situation. I would recommend doing that to anyone. Take a head lamp if you do. Trail is really rocky and several switchbacks. The trail is nice and always easy to see after you leave wash area on the way up. If you have it, use Google maps to track yourself. It helped us find the oasis to see how we progressed along the trail. Take plenty of water and snacks.
This was a really fun trail with spectacular views of the Coachella Valley and Salton Sea. The beginning was a bit tricky to navigate due to poor signage but after you start ascending, it is obvious where the trail is. Perfect weather, not too hot, about 60 degrees. Had the trail pretty much to myself except for the beginning and ending mile. Oasis super cool in the middle of nowhere.
Great trail, well marked. I followed the creek for a while and did some great rock climbing that has amazing views. Great trail. Would do again. No shade.
Here's another trail where half of it can be done on a bike but to extreme once you hit the mountains going up.
Beautiful view on the way up and down. The trail ended with a palm tree oasis which was a little strange. Overall it was a great hike!
close hike to La Quinta, no real great vista views, but beautiful desert..... saw some sheep.... I like to stay to the left on top of the creek channel to stay out of the sand, then drop in channel when it narrows.
Enjoyed this trail on a bike ride from La Quinta resort. Rode to the top of the cove, then back through LQ. Trail gets lots of use from walkers and runners. Nice amenity for the community, linking it to the open space at the cove.
There are two trails to Bear Canyon Oasis. The one going to the South is Bear Creek Canyon Trail and the other one going to the Northwest is Bear Creek Trail. The scenic trail is the one going to the South (Bear Creek Canyon Trail) which is a total hike into the desert wilderness. The other one on the NW is more of a Residential zone type hike along the edges of the city next to the wash, majority of people will be parents walking their baby pushing a stroller, kids bike riding and joggers. Note they provide drinking fountain, shaded table and bench. There's trashcans and doggy trash bags. There's parking on the east and residential street curb parking on the West side. Trail map reference are provided, no cost to hike or park.