Explore the most popular walking trails near La Quinta with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It’s pretty but verrrrry vacant. Bring water. And a buddy. And some sort of protection just in case you run into a hungry wild animal or crazy person.

Great hike. Saw some Long Horned Sheep last time I did it. Read some reviews of another Cove Trail and people complained of the heat. Duh. I don’t do these trails in the summer. Only from like November through March. Maybe early April. And I do them early early in the morning.

My only dislike of this trail is how long it actually takes to get to the fun/pretty part. But that’s all the trails in The Cove. This one is definitely my favorite Cove trail. Great views. Great exercise.

hiking
21 days ago

Hiked this yesterday 6/26 - started at 4 from the parking lot, 109*. If you're doing this any time after 10a, bring a LOT of water. You gotta earn this one... Lots of uneven terrain once you start heading up, the length/vertical isn't bad, but the terrain makes it harder than advertised. With breaks, 4 hours, 9.5 miles, 2400 vertical parking lot and back. A little disappointed that the trail doesn't actually summit - you end up going around the back side and then back down to the Oasis, which right now is dry. Other then that, definitely a decent hike if you're looking for a good test.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful and scenic trail. I have hiked this trail and ridden out and back from the cove side on my mountain bike many times. Great views from the top, a reward for the hard work!

this hike, man. that ascent don't quit. i think i woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and i definitely spent most of the return trip mentally lambasting everything from the obvious liars who "enjoyed" this hike to the hubris of whoever decided this path should be trod by humanity in the first place, to whoever decided to print my water bottle with the label "1000 mL" instead of "1 L". like, ? way to just reject, out of hand, the entire reason for inventing the metric system?

THAT SAID, i bet this walk would be really beautiful in early spring/winter. some great views, interesting geology. saw one jackrabbit. very few birds. all other life forms (aka, lizards) were scarce and, when glimpsed, looked about as slow-roasted as i felt.

if you're gonna do this hike in summer, leave early and bring a lot of water! I started ~30 min after sunrise and was halfway to becoming beef jerky by the time i got back to the parking lot.

the oasis was great! and probably the ~.5 miles before it were easily the most diversely beautiful in terms of flora, fauna, and landscape. good spot to catch some shade and a snack. also, cell reception was wonderfully reliable throughout hike up until the oasis itself, where it was spotty.

This is a great hike! Views are great. It has some steep climbs but it’s a good workout!

hiking
2 months ago

Half of this trail was amazing. Great views and other worldly desert landscapes. But the other half sucked. Deep sand roadways and even paved roads. I recommend you start at the Cove, go 6 miles counter clockwise, then turn around and go back.

hiking
2 months ago

We did 1/2 today as we started late. Gorgeous hike.

I loved the variety of this trail. Inclines were not difficult but the soft sand was a little rough for my knee (old injury). Pleasant views but didn't see any sheep, which I was kind of bummed about. I'd do this hike again!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and easy hike. Should definitely hit the top before noon. Earlier is better because it gets hot really quick.

3 months ago

We entered the trail at the west side of the Cove. About 1hr 45 minutes up to the “lookout” (2200 feet) and then we decided to do the rest of it and come back out through The Quarry golf course, and back on the Lake to Cove trail.

The mountain portion of the hike is lovely but once you descend to the desert floor it’s extremely monotonous. Trudging down the road, the long way around the golf course and it was really hot in the Cove to Lake trail with all that sand. Luckily, even though it was extremely warm we had some cloud cover and breeze. Had to stop a lot because of the heat by the north end of the golf course. You can refill your water bladder once you hit Lake Cahuilla.

It was 20km (12.2 miles) and 6 hours to do the whole loop. Make sure you come equipped with hats, water (lots of water, nothing less than a full 3 litre bladder), lunch, snacks, sunscreen and something to cover your arms because it is hot at this time of year.

Took Boo trail to Lost Canyon. Is in Palm Springs trail book, page 92 I think. It is a pretty good climb and if you go into Lost Canyon you are faced with 150 foot descent down dry waterfall. It was doable for my wife and I but definitely out of comfort zone. Which is what I love!!!. From bottom you descend down Canyon and see a couple of other dry waterfalls. Have to go around, can't climb. Excellent hike, with descent, I would say moderate.

I don't know where in the world we were at. This trail head is the start of many other trails, and it is a hunt trying to find this one..... Although the GPS from All Trails said we were on the right path, nothing in this description noted bouldering. Where ever we were we ended up scrambling over many boulders, although it was fun and we continued without question..... it seemed the further we went the more challenging the scrambling got as the boulders became huge huge walls of rock. We accepted our fate and lunched at a nice secluded spot with a cave.... We always have a good time, but not sure if we were on the right path.....

Really interesting trail. I liked the ridge walking and scenery. I didn’t love the approx mike of deep-ish beach sand walking. If that was more hard pan this would be 5 star review.

hiking
4 months ago

Out and back from the parking lot to the Lake about 7 miles. Took me 3 hours total. Light foot traffic and an easy to moderate marked trail. First mile is flat and after that its up and down (not too steep) with nice views. Pretty sandy footing thought out the trail. No shade at all so be prepared and safe with enough water and sunscreen. Long enough for a good workout.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy hike. Took 3.5 hours chit chatting with a friend the whole way up and down. I would rate it as moderate to easy for an average, somehow in shape, middle age person.

Love it!

hiking
4 months ago

The hike was from the end of Eisenhower Drive South end of LA Quinta Cove to the Palms Grove and back.
The day was near perfect with a light breeze and a few clouds in the low 70's.
Saw a couple of dogs at the beginning of the trail, but none were seen during most of the out and back.
There is no water source anywhere along the walks so all take more than enough water for each person. A snack or lunch isn't necessary, but a good idea as it is a calorie burner.
My Fitbit Blaze showed the hike to be 13 miles out and back. Didn't deviate from the trail. It also showed altitude change of 237 flights of stairs (2,370 ft roughly. It took about 5 hrs and 17 minutes to go out and back.

It was rather slow as I was carrying a good sized backpack with a water bladder in it. Oh yeah, take TP just in case of the need to evacuate.

The views were spectacular given it was somewhat hazy to the east. The Salton See can be seen along with even
Rancho Mirage or Cat City to the west. The trail is mostly composed of loose Rock and some gravel.
For rock enthusiasts the different rocks with an array of colors is a delight.

Saw a few bird in the hike but unfortunately no Big Horn sheep, which I know have been seen before near the trails.

The Oasis is pretty nestled in a gully near the base of a hill southwest of the trail and seems guarded by old dead palms. The Palms were thick with downed palm frahms and walking through was hazardous. There does seem to be a trail to the left, but I didn't take it to see where it led or dead ended. After 2 hrs 40 minutes to get there I rested a bit, ate something and headed back. Only saw one person hiking out as I approached. It was nice and quiet. Cell phone service was good on the ridge above the Grove.
Hiking back about 2 plus miles away from the parking area I ran out of water. Next time will fill the water bladder to top. That's why I said take more than enough water.

This was my longest hike in many years and was pretty tired getting to my ride. If your an avid hiker willing to go more than 5-6 miles it's a must do. Any less excited about the distance and elevation change you can still have a beautiful hike going half way.

A lot of up and down hiking. Great destination at Lake Cahuilla. Today's hike it was very windy. Take enough water and lip balm. Great views. Liked it

Beautiful views, only passed about 3 people. Took us 3 hours.

butt kicker... no water at the oasis today

hiking
5 months ago

It was cool, but nothing spectacular. Fun to get out for a few minutes. We did the whole trail to to lake and back. Hour and a half in, hour and a half out. We stopped and took a couple selfies, or breaks here and there. The sun was down for the way back and that was a plus. Nice and cool. One thing that surprised me was we saw big horn sheep. Didn't expect it, two of em walked right across the Quarry golf course (to our right) and crossed our path maybe within 30yards of us. Then trotted up the hills.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice hike that is long enough to get a great work out and it has fantastic views in all directions. We saw yearling ewes just off the trail. Not to frightened of humans but they kept their distance.

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5 months ago

I went counter clockwise on the trail. The beginning was busy and was in a wash so very soft, but as soon as I got into the mountains it was beautiful and great walking. The last part of the trail was all in a wash, and you could actually have parked much closer. I wanted distance, but given that the end of the trail was not very nice walking, I would do clockwise next time and drive in. I had my dog with me and he enjoyed it, but I should have put hiking booties on him, he's a very fit Jack Russell/Beagle Mix and he wore down his paw pads on the granite. The last few miles were hard on the poor guy because of this. As soon as you get passed all the people at the beginning it is quiet and I only saw a couple of mountain bikers and two small groups hiking. I had a picnic at the top and enjoyed some lovely quite and the views.

Really. Nice trail! Not sure why there is so much broken glass at the start. That is why I only give it four stars. Loved seeing the Big Horn Sheep on the golf course, spectacular!

hiking
6 months ago

Starts out a little boring but once you break away from all the other trails, it is challenging and gorgeous! I would still call it a moderate hike. There are restrooms at the lake. We saw four long horned rams by the golf course. On a Saturday, I would say it had just the right amount of people - not so quiet that you felt alone and not so packed that you felt crowded. Perfect.

Great hike!
Great scenery!

Very nice trail. Soft sand the mile before (and just out of) the lake slowed me down, but a great trail for running.

hiking
6 months ago

Just did this trail today, being in decent shape and a novice hiker I still found it to be challenging at parts in the middle with the ascent and with the soft sand for most of the hike.

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