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près de La Quinta, California (United States)
The hike is easy, but the trail is often faint. It's funny, because you can see this trail from space on Google Maps or Trimble, but it's actually harder to see when you're hiking it. At least it was for me.
The nice parts of this hike are the change of pace from the more common Southern parts of the Cove and the fact that it's largely unused so you have it to yourself.
In Summer I recommend doing this early in the morning as the heat would be extreme midday. Early morning also gets you views of watermelon red rock as the sun comes up and paints the hills to the west in warm tones. You are also treated to some great views of La Quinta Resort - some of which you couldn't gain from anywhere else.
The trail is rocky and much of it loose. Wear good boots. The trail is faint in parts because it isn't well travelled. Somebody has outlined the trail in small rocks for most of it, but some areas are still hard to see. I walked past a couple of junctions and had to back track. Look for small cairns along the way to help pick your path amoung the boulders.
There appear to many little trail spurs to take if you want to increase your mileage or go exploring. I had the baby strapped to me, so I couldn't safely do much of that.
Lastly, there's the remains of what appears to be a decommissioned water tower, reservoir, or well at the top of a very washed out service road. You can't miss it, you'll see the 12" above ground pipe and then the clearing on your way around the loop. The topo map has a label of "Water" at this point but I'd be very interested if anybody knows of or has pictures of what used to be up here. Private message me if you do.
Thanks and enjoy!
TO TRAILHEAD: S on Washington to Calle Tampico. W on Calle Tampico to Eisenhower. S on Eisenhower to Ave. Montezuma. W on Ave. Montezuma until it begins to curve South. S on Ave. Morales. I would park on Morales just South of Montezuma.