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Stanfield Marsh Boardwalk – Big Bear Lake, California

The Stanfield Marsh Boardwalk is an easy stroll on a raised boardwalk over the south shore of Big Bear Lake. There are lots of ducks swimming about below and the boardwalk is a popular place for visitors. It’s about 1.5 miles round-trip if you walk the entire boardwalk from end-to-end.

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Alpine Pedal Path – Big Bear Lake, California

Alpine Pedal Path in Big Bear Lake, California

View of Big Bear Lake from the Alpine Pedal Path.

The Alpine Pedal Path is an easy stroll near the north shore of Big Bear Lake. You can start either at the Stanfield Cutoff or the boat launch at the east or at a small dirt parking area just off North Shore Drive near the Solar Observatory at the west end.

The path itself is suitable for joggers, hikers, bikers, children and pets. It’s 100% paved, mostly flat and winds through pine forest, past meadows, a campground and some RV resorts, but you only get a good look at the lake near the east end. The path is about 2.5 miles from end-to-end.

  • Alpine Pedal Path in Big Bear Lake, California
  • Alpine Pedal Path in Big Bear Lake, California
  • Alpine Pedal Path in Big Bear Lake, California
  • Alpine Pedal Path in Big Bear Lake, California
  • Alpine Pedal Path in Big Bear Lake, California
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Cove to Lake Trail, La Quinta, California

Lake to Cove Trail in La Quinta

View looking east from the Lake to Cove Trail in La Quinta

One of the most popular of the La Quinta cove’s many hikes is to Cove to Lake Trail, also called the Morrow Trail. It’s so named because the trailhead starts at the top of the La Quinta cove and winds around a mountain to Lake Cahuilla.

The full trail is about 3 miles long and can be done as a thru-hike if you drop a car or arrange to be picked up from the lake. You can also start at Lake Cahuilla County Park and hike thru to the cove, but there are fees to enter.

  • View looking east from the Lake to Cove Trail in La Quinta
  • Sculpture along the Lake to Cove Trail
  • Craggy peaks rise alongside the length of the trail.
  • A portion of the trail skirts a golf course at The Quarry at La Quinta.
  • Along the Lake to Cove Trail in La Quinta
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