La Quinta is a hot spot for hikers, pun fully intended. Hikers come from across the country to experience the lush desert scenery, and La Quinta residents new and old alike make it a priority to hike the trails at least once or thrice a year. However, when braving the outdoors, it’s essential to keep a few things in mind to keep your hike going strong – and to keep yourself safe and sound in the desert sun. Don’t let your memories of La Quinta’s natural beauty be spoiled, and go in prepared to discover La Quinta’s hiking trails.
Don’t Overestimate Your Abilities, and Don’t Underestimate the Trails
A hiker born and bred on the East coast may scoff at La Quinta’s trails – same old, same old (though maybe a bit more sand than one is used to). However, that kind of attitude can lead to some very serious, and very tragic, results. Desert hiking is a whole other beast, and hiking enthusiasts that move to La Quinta from more forested areas may not fully be prepared for the risks they should expect. Prime hiking season for La Quinta trails is December to April, and that’s because the weather and wildlife firmly make the months between their own. Temperatures from May to November can easily climb well over 100 degrees, and many popular trails lack an abundance of shade…and are suitably remote that dragging yourself to help becomes a real trial. Rattlesnakes are most active during this time period as well, and can make one false step into a trip to the hospital. No matter how experienced a hiker you may consider yourself, don’t take La Quinta’s trials lightly – if you go in prepared, you’ll be able to experience their beauty safely.
Remember, There Are Plenty of Trails to Choose From
Even for hikers fully prepared for anything the desert has to throw at them, be sure to keep your hiking pals in mind when choosing the walk of the day. La Quinta’s trails range from beginner to expert, and choosing the right trail for your group’s average skill level is essential. The La Quinta Cove and oasis have trails that are just the thing for groups involving children and beginning explorers, while Boo Hoof Trail is a challenging trek for hikers that are ready for anything it can throw. Choose wisely for your group’s makeup, or pay for it in grudges and sore feet later.
Be Considerate…and Make Sure Fido Is, Too
Picking up your empty protein bar wrappers is second nature to most hikers – leave no footprints, and nothing behind. However, with the growing popularity of animal accompaniment on hikes, it seems as though many hikers don’t seem to realize this goes for their pet pals, as well. While La Quinta has pet-friendly hikes, letting Fido leave behind his natural fertilizer is just plain rude to other hikers. Suck it up, and carry your pooch’s mess in a plastic baggie until you can dispose of it properly. It’s polite, it’s eco-friendly, and you won’t get smacked in the face with city fines. And remember, leashes are a must – it’s required on all trails, for the safety of your pooch and other hikers. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll have the prep you need to experience the trails that La Quinta has to offer, whether you’re a visitor, or a lucky resident of the gorgeous area. Pack your day-packs, and strike out to see the California landscape.