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Cove to Lake Trail
  • Cove Oasis
  • La Quinta, CA 92253

The Cove to Lake Trail departs from the La Quinta Cove Oasis and leads hikers through an enchanting landscape of mountain, water, and sky. After parking in the unpaved lot at the corner of Avenida Bermudas and Calle Tecate, follow the Cove Oasis Trail for .67 miles before turning left on the Cove to Lake Trail. The first part of the path is relatively flat, cutting through wide-open sandy terrain at the base of the Southern Santa Rosa Mountains before transitioning to more ups and downs (enough to get your blood pumping but still suitable for runners, mountain bikers, and horseback riders). Springtime treats travelers to a host of beautiful wildflowers speckling the mountainside, and some hikers are even lucky enough to spot bighorn sheep grazing on the emerald green fairways of the Quarry Golf Course, which runs parallel to part of the hike. The path eventually veers away from the private property and toward the sparkling waters of Lake Cahuilla, whose mirror-like surface reflects the surrounding rock formations and clear blue sky above. At this point, many hikers return via the same route, which spans a total of 6.4 miles out and back, as there is a fee to use any of the facilities within Lake Cahuilla Park.

Total Distance: 6.4 miles Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 6.4
  • Distance (km): 10.3
  • Difficulty Score: 9
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 299
  • Minimum Elevation: 25
  • Maximum Elevation: 588
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 563
  • 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:
  • Fees:
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
Trail Length
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
Cove Oasis
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