Looking for a hike in the Santa Rosa Mountains with views? There’s a few choices that start at the La Quinta Cove trailhead. To work off our Thanksgiving dinner, we chose a moderate hike, the Cove to Lake trail, that was about 6 miles round trip and took us to Lake Cahuilla. We were ready for picturesque hiking in La Quinta.
My friends from Tahoe were visiting Coachella Valley for the first time, and they compared the first part of trail to walking on the moon. The desert is fairly desolate with occasional cacti, and the terrain is soft sand. Once we hiked up about 2 miles, we were welcomed by a lovely vista point: The Quarry Golf Course.
From the trail, you are looking down at a lush green fairway nestled in between the rocky mountains. As we hiked closer, we spotted two big horn sheep resting on the course. We knew the Big Horn’s nap was going to be disturbed as golfers in their cart approached them. And sure enough, they ran off the course towards the mountains we were hiking. It was my first time seeing Big Horn Sheep outside of the Living Desert so my camera was snapping! It was very exciting.
We arrived at Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area which accommodates camping, RVs, fishing, swimming, picnicking and more! This was our turn around point. On the way back, we admired some of the large homes at The Quarry at La Quinta. Come to find out The Quarry at La Quinta was built on an abandoned sand and gravel pit that the County of Riverside owned. Two avid golfers purchased the land, as well as adjoining land, and built this exclusive golf course on the quarry.
The hike back was steeper than we all thought, so we were very happy to arrive at the parking lot! I highly recommend the La Quinta Cove to Lake hike, and other picturesque hiking in La Quinta. Towards the end of the trail, you get a nice view of La Quinta Cove, which is known for Santa Fe style homes. If you are interested in real estate in La Quinta, please contact me. I would appreciate the opportunity to share the variety of communities.