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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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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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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…
Dec 1, 2018
BOB Grebenc
Oct 21, 2018
Sanne Maria
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

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  4.2 from 18 votes

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