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Ancient Lake Cahuilla Overlook
  • Cove Oasis
  • La Quinta, CA 92253

Greater Palm Springs’ reputation as an oasis stretches back thousands of years, and hikers can see remnants of the area’s ancient past on this scenic excursion through the Southern Santa Rosa Mountains. The Ancient Lake Cahuilla Overlook is exactly that — a panoramic view of what was once a large freshwater lake teeming with fish and stretching almost 100 miles, from northern Mexico to present-day Indio. Mountain bikers and horses also frequent the trail, which climbs 288 feet and departs from the Cove Oasis Trailhead in La Quinta for a total of 2.6 miles round-trip. Free parking is available at the corner of Avenida Bermudas and Calle Tecate. To access the overlook, follow the Cove Oasis Trailhead as if you were taking the La Quinta Cove to Lake Cahuilla Trail. After approximately 1.3 miles, turn onto the path that cuts off to the left and up, where the overlook, and an incredible look into Greater Palm Springs’ past, awaits.

Total Distance: 2.6 miles Level: Easy

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 2.6
  • Distance (km): 4.2
  • Difficulty Score: 7
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 299
  • Elevation Gain (+): 288
  • Elevation Loss (-): 288
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 288
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 88
  • Minimum Elevation: 297
  • Maximum Elevation: 561
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 264
  • Parking Type: Unpaved lot
  • Location: Southern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: La Quinta/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Bikes Allowed:
  • Horses Allowed:
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
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