La Quinta’s desert beauty is best experienced hiking La Quinta’s trails. The lush desert plant life, fascinating fauna, and stunning sunrises and sunsets attract hikers from all over the country, and lucky La Quinta residents get to experience them whenever they please. While La Quinta’s trails can and should be experienced any time of the year, special precautions must be taken if you choose to enjoy them during the summer: with temperatures commonly reaching well over 100 degrees on a cool day, you have to prepare if you want to be healthy and ready to hike another day.
An Ounce of Preparation Is Worth a Pound of Cure
Knowing what to pack, and what to wear, for the summer hiking trails is your starting point. Pack plenty of water, and bring along salty snacks to help your body retain it – water management is the most vital part of desert living, and anything you can do to help your body keep its H2O will make your trip a much easier one. Pregame by hydrating with water before you leave the house, and continue to drink in tiny sips as you go – you’ll maintain better hydration than if you were to stop every hour to guzzle down a gallon of the stuff. Regarding your equipment, a fully charged cell phone and hiker’s GPS is neat tech, but you’ll still want to keep a map and compass on you for backup if the worst happens. And if the worst does happen, always pack the one-two punch of a well-stocked hiker’s first aid kit and emergency whistle. Fellow hikers and trail rangers will always have one ear open for its sound, and you won’t need to rely on your cellphone still having reception (or battery) when you’re far from civilization. Always make sure someone back home knows where you went, and when you plan on returning – they’ll be able to report any suspiciously long absences to the appropriate authorities to get search teams sent out.
Regarding desert hiking fashion, you’ll want to keep yourself mostly covered in light, breathable fabrics, a full-coverage sun hat, and tinted sunglasses. Any exposed skin should be slathered in sunscreen. If necessary, you can shed pieces of clothing during the hike, but make sure to bring along plenty of sunscreen to make up for the loss of sun protection.
Plan Your Trip Beforehand
Of course, this is common hiking safety knowledge, but it becomes especially important when the summer heat is concerned. Plan your route on the trail before you set out. Now is not the time of year to meander too far off the beaten path, nor is it the time of year to push yourself if you’ve never hiked during the season before – you’ll want to let yourself get some experience before you tackle more challenging trails. Leave bright and early in the morning; you’ll want to be on the trails well before the crack of dawn to beat the midday heat, and with this kind of scheduling, you’ll be able to experience both the brilliant desert sunrises and the dazzling night sky. Bear in mind that most of La Quinta’s desert wildlife is nocturnal, so watch where you’re putting your feet on the trail, and admire any creatures you encounter from a safe distance. They’re not going to bother you if you don’t start the fight.
Any devoted hiker should experience La Quinta’s trails at least once. While the summer season presents unique challenges, they can be overcome with careful planning to allow you to experience the desert scenery in its magnificent summer best.