Bear Creek Trail

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, California
Elevation Gain2,746ft
Trailhead Elevation520ft
Elevation Min/Max520/2316ft
Elevation Start/End520/520ft

Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Palm Desert, California. It is within Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and Santa Rosa Wilderness. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 520 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,746 feet. This trail connects with the following: Bear Creek Trail.
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Five-Star Trails Palm Springs (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
"This popular hike follows a canyon wash, then switchbacks up a series of hillsides, giving way to expansive views of the city of La Quinta and the entire Coachella Valley. While you’re likely to see lots of hikers on the Bear Creek Canyon Trail, the turnoff for the Bear Creek Oasis Trail is difficult to spot, so keep your eyes alert for the sign and don’t be afraid to ask other hikers if you think you’ve gone too far and missed it."
"Nestled among the canyons of the parched Santa Rosa Mountains, lush oases form where underground water is forced to the surface. The Bear Creek Oasis is hidden high on the slopes above the La Quinta Cove. This hike passes through a sandy wash and up the ridge along the dramatic Bear Creek Canyon through veritable gardens of cacti before abruptly rounding a corner and ending at the oasis. This trail is closed from June 15–September 30 to protect the bighorn sheep’s access to water during the hot season."

Trail Information

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Nearby City
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Skill Level
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Local Contacts
Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument or USGS La Quinta and Martinez Mountain 7.5' (trail not marked)
Local Maps

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