La Quinta’s beautiful trails are a mecca for hikers, but they’re an equal draw for those who prefer two wheels to two feet. With the summer heat dialing down, the weather is perfect to experience the outdoors on La Quinta’s best biking routes: the cooler months in the period of September to May is prime hiking and biking season, so you’ll find plenty of like-minded bike enthusiasts out and about on La Quinta’s most popular trails. Check out these locations to test your expert biking mettle, or to have a relaxing, easy ride against a stunning desert backdrop.
Boo Hoff Trail
One of the most popular destinations in La Quinta for bikers, and for good reason: this trail is a solidly-sized and well-maintained ride that any skill level can enjoy. If you’re looking to rub elbows with fellow bikers in La Quinta, the Boo Hoff Trail is the perfect watering hole for you – though make sure you bring plenty of water to begin with, as this wide open trail’s temperatures can skyrocket.
Cove to Lake Trail
Nestled in La Quinta Cove, this trail is a secret even to most La Quinta residents; making it perfect for bikers looking to have a relaxing route without worrying about on-foot crowds. The Cove to Lake Trail rolls through the golf course and Morrow Trail and down to Lake Cahuilla, gaining and dropping altitude along the hilly path. A fun challenge for bikers looking to exercise their climbing chops.
Bear Creek Canyon Trail
This flat trail will give bikers a perfect panorama of the southern mountains, and is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a wide wilderness ride. While the Bear Creek Canyon Trail’s flat, quick path (about 2.5 miles) is tempting to beginning bikers, be forewarned that the wide open spaces means there is little shade or sun protection. Slater on sunscreen and bring water before you head out.
This Lake Cahuilla trail is short, flat, and fast – perfect for any bikers looking for a quick ride in the morning, or to warm up for a longer trail ride. The Morrow Trail brings bikers through the mountains, through the golf course, and down to the lake itself for the finishing line. Watch out for hikers, and you’ll find this trail to be perfectly bite-sized and great for beginners.
If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging but aren’t up to tackling the Randall Henderson Loop, the Canyon Loop is a great place to practice for the main event, or simply to practice your biking on a rougher trail. Give the cactus dotting the path a wide berth, and bring plenty of water – soon, you’ll be ready for the climbing challenges that other trails in Coachella Valley present.
Hitting the trails is the best way to experience La Quinta’s landscapes, and whether you’re a hiker or biker, newbie or expert, there are dozens of trails for you to choose from. Don’t miss out on an experience you won’t forget.