Lost Palms Oasis
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 82%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (3)
- Lost Palms OasisFirst to ReviewOct 18, 2013
Want a hike to a secretive oasis in Joshua Tree National Park? Head out on an uncrowded weekday along the 7.2-mile round-trip trail to Lost Palms Oasis, starting from the end of the side road that turns off the main park highway by the Cottonwood Springs Visitor Center. The mostly gently rolling hike strikes out across the craggy Sonoran Desert landscape, ascending to a viewpoint where you're looking down into the biggest grove of native California fan palms anywhere in the world. It's gorgeous, and if you want to, you can carefully pick your way down to the bottom of the canyon along a trail of use, and clamber up boulders into the grove itself (but be careful doing this, as it's easy to lose your footing). It's a windy trek, but worth it.
- Lost Palms OasisMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Aug 14, 2013
I love a hike that involves water, even just a tease of it. And out in the desert, that is pretty much all you'll get. Forget the classic movie "oasis" scenarios. The bejeweled Moroccan camps of camels, dates and belly dancers remain movie magic alone, and far removed from the real life versions you'll find here. Yet Joshua Tree's palm lined desert oasis hike -- and the small, yet notable water pocket you'll find at the trail's end -- is still a lovely, relaxing reprieve among the otherwise rugged, rocky, sun-drenched terrain. A great little day hike for those who want to get out into the desert on foot without extraordinary amounts of exertion.
- Lost Palms OasisJan 06, 2013
This 7.2 mile there-and-back hike through the beautiful desert is fairly easy without too much elevation variation. The oasis that waits for you at the end of the trail is a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the seemingly out of place fan palms and lunch! The Mastodon Peak loop, which you pass on the way to the oasis, is a shorter option, but be ready for those thighs to burn!