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San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway

Palm Springs, CA

San Jacinto Peak is a 12 mile out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible from May until November.

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East Cove Trailhead
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This is one of the few trails near Palm Desert that is dog-friendly. On the morning of 12/31/2014, the temperature was in low 40's but the wind made it feel much colder. The top of the mountains were covered with snow from the winter storm from the day before. The place was absolutely gorgeous and serene. I started this short hike (more like a nature walk) from the East Cove trailhead. I made a loop and walked 1.62 miles in total and gained 134 ft. Easy hike. First, pass the first 2 junctions then at the 3rd junction, turn right. You are on DIKE. Stay on the trail until you meet a trail on your right. That will take you to Cove Oasis where the palm trees and picnic tables are. Once you reach Cove Oasis, turn right then turn left to go back to the trailhead. This is both dog and family friendly.

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Wash Trail
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538 Completed 513 Reviews

Hiked this trial back in Oct 4, 2013, This trail is the vacant land on the East side of the entrance to Lake Cahuillla, it’s not inside Lake Cahuilla, and it’s between Jefferson Street and the Lake. What a lot of people didn’t know, it’s also where Boo Hoff Trail runs through. Boo Hoff Trail is actually a loop, that takes you back to La Quinta Cove and it’s around eight miles upon completion. This Wash Trail is really short, around a quarter mile. There’s no shade at the wash, use sun protection and bring at least one 16 oz. water bottle.

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Morrow Trail
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538 Completed 513 Reviews

Hiked this trail back in Oct 4, 2013, It’s a difficult trail to find if you’re coming from the cove, because there’s no telling where it starts when you’re at the Golf Course area. It appears to start when you see the trail that go up the side of the hills on the left side. It’s clearly marked once you arrive close to the lake. It’s an interesting trail if you take the trail that go up the side of the mountain. But you have to be very careful at one spot when you’re close to the Golf Course because rain has wash away a portion of the trail making that one spot a bit dangerous to cross. This trail is best to hike early in the morning, have plenty of water ready if you’re going to start at the Cove in La Quinta.

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East Cove Trailhead
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538 Completed 513 Reviews

Hiked this short trail back in July 3, 2013, it’s a popular trail to La Quinta residents who want to take their pet for a morning walk. If you look at the map and hiked all the Stars; which form a loop, it’s a perfect exercise, if you were looking for something easy. Best to hike this loop trail, early in the morning in the summer.

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Cove to Lake Trail
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538 Completed 513 Reviews

Hiked this trail back in July 3, 2013, it’s a trail not too many people go to because it looks far. What a lot of La Quinta residents don’t know! Of all the trails at the Cove, this is the best trail if you hike all the way to the Lake. Make sure you have sun protection and plenty of water before attempting this hike.

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Bear Creek Canyon Trail
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538 Completed 513 Reviews

Hiked this trail back in June 26, 2013, there are two best times to go hiking in the desert, especially in June. First is early in the morning and to be done hiking before 10 am, second time is after 5:30 pm around sunset and to be done hiking before 8:15 pm or you’ll be in total darkness if you didn’t bring any flashlight. This is a nice trail where you’ll experience what it’s like to be in the wilderness. This trail has no shade so sun protection and plenty of water are critical.

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Bear Creek Trail
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538 Completed 513 Reviews

Hiked this trail back in June 26, 2013, this is a concrete sidewalk trail mostly, perfect for parents who are exercising with their child in a stroller. The return might end up being a neighborhood street walk which would be a mistake; you're better off staying on the trail to return because the views are better to residential homes.

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La Quinta Community Park
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538 Completed 513 Reviews

This is a nice park in La Quinta, a bit confusing though about the name. When you look in AllTrails map it shows it as Frances Hack Park. But when you actually go there the signage says La Quinta Community Park? Anyway if you're near La Quinta, this is worth checking out if you're just cruising around the valley.

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Frances Hack Park
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538 Completed 513 Reviews

If you're visiting the desert and you're near La Quinta? This is a nice park worth checking out.

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Boo Hoff Trail
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538 Completed 513 Reviews

Pretty nice trail and clearly defined. It’s a popular area for mountain bikers. This area is your typical desert, meaning low desert shrubs, also means you'll need a hat and sunscreen. Around July you only want to be hiking there before 10 am. You go past 10 you're putting yourself in a horrible predicament because temperature can reach 119 degrees. Best to hike also after 6:30 pm and return to your car by 8:15 pm or you'll be hiking in total darkness. The views on south, southeast and southwest are the highlight of this trail, if you're a photographer that's where the opportunities are. Not too many wild life, most of the time you'll more likely encounter lizards than coyotes or crows. Since it's never a good idea to under estimate the Desert! Always bring more than enough water. A camel back is perfect, specially if you fill it up with water with lemon and honey, put that in the freezer the night before and the next following day add 16 oz. of water to assist defrosting. Then you’re set. Nothing better than drinking chilled water, it's just the best... :)

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