Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Bear Creek Canyon Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near La Quinta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 2,319 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown Washed out No dogs
Description
Waypoints (0)
Facilities
Getting There

One of the trails at La Quinta Cove, open all year to all skill levels. The trail offers panoramic views of the mountains to the south. The trail is relatively flat to begin, then becomes much steeper just before 2 miles.

West end at the cove anywhere on the residential street

Hwy 111 exit Washington Blvd go south, right on Eisenhower Ave. go all the way south until it dead ends at the "T" intersection turn right.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (280)
Photos (314)
Recordings (302)
Completed (465)
View user's profile page
Lisa Bernardi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 8, 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky

Easy to follow, nice elevation gain, total distance logged on my Apple Watch was 9.85 miles to the palm tree oasis. Not much shade. Start early, nice views. Watch out for chollas towards the top, tip bring a hair pick Incase they jump on you perfect to get them out! Enjoy and bring plenty of water!

View user's profile page
michael groves
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 29, 2020
Hiking
View michael's Recording
View user's profile page
Ricardo Paez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 14, 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky
View Ricardo's Recording
View user's profile page
Thomas Smothermon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 9, 2020
Hiking

This is a nice desert hike. It definitely takes some work to get to the oasis, but the trail is easy to follow and it is well worth it. Make sure to pack sufficient water; it can be hot out there.

View user's profile page
Manuel Lara
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 17, 2020
HikingBridge out

I loved most of it. I felt like a little kid running around a toy store fascinated by all of the vegetation. It was a real good leg burner. The only downside is that it bridges out the last 1/2 mile and you don’t get to fully enjoy the experience. I even got a little bit of anxiety when I got lost for 30 minutes. Lucky I made it down safely while there is still light. Just remember if you don’t see a trail DON’T KEEP GOING. Take care and enjoy while it’s still so nice out.

View Manuel's Recording
View user's profile page
Andrea Salas
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 7, 2020
Hiking

Highly recommend. Lots of wild flowers, great view of the entire valley.

View user's profile page
Hector Romero
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 29, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful views. Bring plenty of water. Took about 5 hrs

View Hector's Recording
View user's profile page
Jeff Tipton
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 15, 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky

I did this trail today February 15th, 2020. The first part of the trail is flat, sandy, and frankly pretty boring. After that you start to climb moderately and you gain about 1,500 feet in a couple of miles. Very nice views of the valley. The trail is wide open to the sun so bring plenty of water and sunscreen or cover yourself up. From the parking lot head to the picnic tables with the palm trees and then you'll pick up the trail. It's rather confusing at the parking lot because there are foot paths and trails leading in all directions. I saw no bighorn sheep. Bummer.

View user's profile page
David McCaul
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 12, 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky
View David's Recording
View user's profile page
Mike Barbee
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 10, 2020
HikingRocky

From far end of the parking lot to the very end of the trail is ~4.96 miles. Cool views of the valley. Not too rigorous. Plenty of nice stones to relax upon if you are in a lazy mood. Saw Big Horn Sheep up close on the way down. Pointer: if you see droppings you’re in their range. If you SMELL their droppings you are likely very close to them. Without the Big Horn Sheep this is about a 4 Star trail in Feb.

View user's profile page
Lee Davis
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 7, 2020
Hiking

Great trail. About 4.5 hours for moderate pace. Excellent views. Big horn sheep on the way back right by trail.

View Lee's Recording
View user's profile page
Julie Schroeder
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 5, 2020
Hiking

Fun trail, well maintained. Windy in areas so I’d recommend bringing a light jacket. It’s rated as hard but I’d say this is more of a moderate trail.

View user's profile page
John Phelps
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 28, 2020
Hiking

Really good hike. Saw one Big Horn Sheep. Only grazing about 20 ft from trail. Not bothered by us hiking by either! Switchbacks all the way up once you exit the wash after the first 1.5 miles or so. Had the usual good views of LaQuinta below. Cacti are starting to bloom! Great exercise for us retired seniors!

View user's profile page
Is Hi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 27, 2020
Hiking

Very fun indeed

View user's profile page
Is Hi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 26, 2020
Hiking

Very fun

View Is's Recording
View user's profile page
Matt Penrose
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 25, 2020
Hiking

Nice Hike Saw 3 Rams and 3 Ewes no shade Bring lots of water

View Matt 's Recording
View user's profile page
Larry B
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 23, 2020
Hiking

nice easy hike

View Larry's Recording
View user's profile page
Tim Marchi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 20, 2020
Hiking

Fun hike. I’d say average on the difficulty scale if temperature is under 85 degrees. Did it in 3 1/2 hours in a slight jog on the way down. The palm tree oasis is a big disappointment.

View user's profile page
adelina bozek
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 13, 2020
Hiking

Did this hike on December 20th 2019 with my parents and brother! Absolutely beautiful with amazing views. I don’t agree with it being rated as hard but I also think it varies from region to region. The terrain itself was not challenging and the elevation was extremely gradual, but I can see the heat and lack of shade being the actual killer in the summer. My parents are in their mid 60’s and it was more challenging for them but they still rocked it without any issues!

View user's profile page
yanet moreno
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 12, 2020
HikingRocky
View yanet's Recording
View user's profile page
m l
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 11, 2020

indeed as everyone says it's longer than listed- more like 10 miles roundtrip. the switchbacks are steep in places and just when you might give up- you have another 20 minutes to the oasis which you can finally see at that minute mark out. the route gets dark early as you're behind mountains so plan accordingly. saw one roadrunner and lots of lizards but no sheep or larger wildlife. For sure bring plenty of water and snacks- it gets very dry up there even in the winter. took us about 2.5 hours each way. beware of loose rocks and slate and wear proper shoes.

View user's profile page
Jonathan Gendron
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 8, 2020

This was a fun hike! You can see everything from afar the higher you go, even the Salton Sea and Mt San Jacinto! Elevation and distance were moderate, but halfway through there were no more trail markers. Free parking though! Saw one pack of big horn sheep in the distance, but just waited for them to go away, no problem there! Didn't see or hear any snakes.

View user's profile page
Derek Carpenter
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 30, 2019
Rocky
View user's profile page
Sienna Thomas
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 17, 2019
Hiking

Flat and sandy until you get to the proper trailhead. Pretty steady incline until you get higher up before it gets more challenging. Great views from low to high line of sights.

View user's profile page
Adrian Martinez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 10, 2019
HikingBugsRockyScramble
View Adrian's Recording
Showing results 1 - 25 of 280