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Joshua Tree National Park: Lost Palms Oasis

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Distance: 3.7 miles


This 7.4-mile out-and-back rolls over hills dotted with spiky yuccas, ocotillos, and cactus before dropping into the lush Lost Palms Oasis in Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Lost Palms Oasis
  • Lost Palms Oasis Trailhead
  • Junction with Mastodon Peak Trail
  • Mojave Yucca
  • Cholla Cactus
  • Rock Pile and Well-Balanced Rock
  • Rock Piles and Yucca
  • Leaving Wash
  • Desert and Mountain View
  • First Glimpse of the Oasis
  • Lost Palms Oasis Overlook

Home to the largest stand of fan palms in Joshua Tree National Park, the Lost Palms Oasis is a refreshing reward for hikers on this 7.4-mile desert trek. Starting near the southern border of the park at Cottonwood Spring Trailhead, the hike climbs to the southeast through scrub-covered desert. Watch for hummingbirds that dart around the surrounding yuccas, chollas, and ocotillos. (In early summer, red flower clusters adorn the tips of the ocotillo plants.)

Massive boulder piles and rocky gullies become more common as the trail nears Lost Palms Oasis. At mile 2.3, turn right into a wash and follow the sandy trail through a maze-like wall of rocks. Next, descend into a small canyon lined with gullies and gorges and continue hiking southeast. One mile later, turn right onto a short spur trail that leads to bird's-eye views of the green, shaggy-topped fan palms. After 3.5 miles, a short, downward scramble drops down to the oasis, a prime spot for picnicking and bouldering. After relaxing at the oasis, retrace the route back to the trailhead.

Contact
(760)367-5500
nps.gov/jotr/index.htm

DAYKHIKING GEAR LIST

Wear
Synthetic T-shirt
Synthetic shorts or pantsSynthetic undies
Wool hiking socks
Sunglasses
Hiking shoes or boots
Sunscreen (SPF 15+)

Pack
Daypack
Midweight synthetic or fleece long-sleeve top
Wool or fleece hat
Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants
Map, compass, GPS unit
Water containers and water treatment
First-aid kit
Extra food and snacks
Firestarting kit
Lighweight gloves
Extra pair of socks (optional)
TP and trowel

 

-Mapped by Amy Balfour

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