For a good off-road run in Palm Desert that’s not a hiking trail, we recommend the Bear Creek Trail in the La Quinta Area. This is a paved multi-use path in the Fred Wolff Nature Preserve that runs for 2.7 miles, near the PGA WEST Pete Dye Mountain Course. There are great views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Note that the trail is a steady, 300-foot climb, with 3-4% grades.
As an alternative to an out and back, you can run along the residential streets La Quinta. These are long, straight streets laid out in a grid pattern, with relatively little traffic and nice mountain views.
Add-Ons: You can continue past the end of the paved trail into Cove Oasis & other area trails. The first ~1 mile of the Cove Oasis trail isn’t too difficult or hilly. Once on this area there are miles of other trails with varying levels of difficulty and & footing. There are also lots of quiet residential streets in La Quinta that are decent for running.
- 5.3 miles (8.6 km) out and back
- 300 feet
- Trailhead is at intersection of Eisenhower Dr. & Calle Tampico
- Parking at adjacent Benjamin Franklin Elementary School