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Lost Palms Oasis

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Trail

7.3 mile 11.8 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,012' 308 m
Descent: -1,011' -308 m
High: 3,446' 1,050 m
Low: 3,000' 914 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Thomas Birch

A great out-and-back route to the Lost Palms Oasis.

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Overview

This is an outstanding out-and-back hike through the Colorado Desert in southern Joshua Tree National Park. Known for the beautiful palm trees at the Cottonwood Spring and Lost Palms Oasis, the Lost Palms Oasis has the largest stand of these trees in the park.

Description

The trailhead is located at Cottonwood Spring. After the palms at the springs, the trail climbs toward the southeast through scrub desert. The boulder piles and rocky gullies become more common as the trail continues toward Lost Palms Oasis. At 3.3 miles, there is a spur trail that leads to the right to an overlook with birds-eye views of the green palms. Enjoy a picnic in the cool shade of the palms at the oasis and return by the same trail to Cottonwood Spring.

Flora & Fauna

Palm trees at the springs and oases. Yuccas, cholla cactus, and ocotillos in the desert. Desert bighorn sheep.

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May 29, 2019
Camille Rohrlich
3h 05m
Apr 10, 2019
Rachel Acosta
stunning hike. views to the salton sea. wildflowers on full display. the oasis was worth the effort.
Feb 26, 2019
Andy Chaffin
7mi
Feb 4, 2019
Andrew B
Jan 8, 2019
Kevin Wu
Jan 7, 2019
Lenny Draheim
Dec 28, 2018
Aga Szyman
Dec 25, 2018
Vivek SF
Really great hike. Trail can be hard to follow in places as the rain washes away tracks so it’s easy to stray off trail and not know it! Lots of fu…

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  4.2 from 21 votes

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