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Lost Palms Oasis

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Length


7.3 Miles 11.8 Kilometers


1,012' 308 m

Ascent

-1,011' -308 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

3,446' 1,050 m

High

3,000' 914 m

Low

Shared By Thomas Birch

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Dry: The summer heat is still very much a danger. Hike early and be prepared for high temps and bring lots of extra H2O. History

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

Thomas Birch

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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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Sep 29, 2018
Kari Kitchen
Sep 24, 2018
Adam Stallman
A real nice gem at the end of this trail. The oasis is a great spot to rest and get refuge from the heat. 8.8mi
Sep 17, 2018
Gavin Beatty
Late start (0800h), lots of extra curricular scrambling, and intense heat, made this a real ordeal to escape, for the last two thirds. 7mi
Sep 2, 2018
Ryan Dunn
Really awesome day-hike! Surprisingly more challenging with more varied terrain than I was expecting. PACK EXTRA WATER!!! 7.3mi — 4h 00m
Mar 23, 2018
Luke Sandstrom
7.1mi
Mar 4, 2018
Sandy Xian
Could not find the oasis! But I felt so tiny compared to those palms— like walking into the age of dinosaurs in that canyon!
Feb 19, 2018
Gabe Maybrun
Feb 3, 2018
Mariah Gordon

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  4.2 from 15 votes

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#209

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