Bear Creek Trail is a nice 8 mile hike in La Quinta California.
The hike starts at the corner of Eisenhower and Calle Tampico and travels south toward the Fred Wolff Nature Preserve and the Cove Oasis Trailhead.
To reach the Bear Creek trailhead, take Highway 111 to La Quinta.
Go south on Washington Street. Turn right at Eisenhower Drive and follow it until it ends at the top of the cove. Make a right onto Bermudas, and note that Bermudas becomes Calle Tecate. At the intersection of Calle Tecate and Avenida Ramirez there is a parking area in the dirt on the left.
From the parking area follow the wide well marked trail to the "oasis" you will see up the trail to the right. Keep walking past the oasis about 100 yards. There is a wash to the right, enter the wash, and turn south ( left ) and keep to the left. As you walk, the canyon will narrow. Look for a small canyon to the right that has black charred rock from camper's use. Not far past this canyon, at the Palo Verde tree, is the trail head that marks the beginning of Bear Creek Ridge Trail - there will be a sign..
From here it is easy to follow the trail. This trail offers panoramic views in every direction. On a clear day you can see the Salton Sea, and most of the Coachella Valley. The views of La Quinta and the hills and rocks of the area are beautiful.
As you continue to climb up this trail, the views get better and better. At the 4 mile mark, you will find a massive oasis tucked into the end of the canyon. This is about a 3 or 4 hour hike depending on your physical condition.
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