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Lost Palms Oasis

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


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7.3

Miles

11.8

KM

Out and Back

3,446' 1,050 m

High

3,000' 914 m

Low

1,012' 308 m

Up

1,011' 308 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Thomas Birch

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  4.3 from 25 votes

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Photos

Lost palms are not lost any more. We have found them!
Mar 6, 2017 near Coachella, CA
Beginning of the Trail
Mar 29, 2018 near Indio, CA
The Lost Palms Oasis
Mar 29, 2018 near Coachella, CA
Looking down on Lost Palms Oasis from above.
Mar 16, 2018 near Coachella, CA
Descending into Lost Palms Oasis in Joshua Tree.
Jan 26, 2016 near Coachella, CA
Lost Palms Oasis Trail / Cottonwood Spring
Jan 26, 2016 near Indio, CA

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Jun 8, 2020
Danielle F
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Jan 7, 2020
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Dec 24, 2019
Gretchen Kreutz
2h 45m
Dec 1, 2019
Christine Anderson
Back in the dark, moonlight was amazing with the yucca! 7.9mi — 2h 45m
Nov 23, 2019
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Samo Beroe
7.3mi — 13h 30m
Oct 6, 2019
Sam Veatch
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