Loved this hike. Getting up over the mountain was a little difficult. Make sure to bring water. The end at the palm trees was a great reward. The trees were agreat resting spot. There is no cover along the route so wear a hat. The hike was less than 3 miles out and back.
Well established trail with very high use except during extreme summer heat. Though it's described as easy, I'd say it's actually moderate for those who smoke or rarely hike or those in poor condition because there's a bit more climbing than they usually like. Don't get me wrong, it's easy for regular hikers no doubt. The trail is undulating in many places and does climb quite a bit overall but coming down is easy. This trail is also highly used and as such it's noisy and crowded more than I like. One goes to an oasis in the desert to sit quietly and patiently watching for wildlife coming to sip the life saving waters. I've never got to see anything more than birds or lizards with all the cacophony from inexperienced visitors while at the oasis. The exception is when I visit in the heat of the summer when rarely anyone else goes, and I can sit quietly and occasionally see four legged desert dwellers:-)
ANGIE Y. on 49 Palms Oasis
Gorgeous varied hike. Can be strenuous at parts on uphills but not too bad. We did it with kids. Bring water, and be prepared for beautiful views and the awesome first glimpse of the oasis from afar. Really unique hike. The rocky landscape is stunningly beautiful. We hiked down at sunset, which was lovely. There was water in the oasis.
This is one of my favorite hike in JTNP. It is pretty short, fairly strenuous, but nothing too bad. But the best part is that being one of the few water sources in the park, the wildlife viewing is usually pretty strong. Our last time there we saw a small group of big horn sheep (see photos), including a ram. Keep your eyes peeled on the surrounding hills near the oasis.
Hiked this with my husband and two boys, ages 5 and 4. I carried our 4yo most of the way up but our 5yo did it all by himself. we enjoyed the scenery, and you can't beat the views. The oasis was very cool. It was a great location for our lunch. There is a steep section of the trail that's uphill on the way back, but otherwise I would even call it relaxing.
This trail is located inside Joshua Tree National Park. This trail doesn’t appear on the map they give you at the entrance station. If anybody was thinking about hiking this trail, Best to do your research at Google Earth before going out there. As far as what to expect along the trail, read Steve Raines and Joshua Pelham’s review. Make sure you have enough water and sun protection. This trail has little shading.
Start this hike maybe a 1/4 mile south of the main entrance. Park at the exhibit and walk into the wash. You will see a line of rocks that will lead you on your way. Once into the wash there are no markers, there is no trail head here so pay close attention. Once you get farther down the wash you will see several cairns leading you to an old jeep trail to thr right of the wash. Once on that it is fairly easy to follow all the way back. This is a pretty moderate hike. Mainly uphill and quite a few loose rocks. Tons of barrel cactus and flowers, but be very careful as there are also alot of cholla cactus. If you are into desert history and/or mines, this is definitely a must do hike.
This trail does not look like much at first, but it turns out to be a really nice trail a mine and equipment left out there. Most of the mine shafts are fenced off, and the others that are not to be entered.
The hike itself starts about .5 miles past north entrance in the Park. A large sign on the right with SOME parking is the start point. You start hiking down a wash, on the left side of the sign, there is NO trail head for this trail. Hike down the wash head west on the wash, past a small hill on the right you can start to see the trail. But continue on the wash, it will lead you right to the trail. It climbs gentle with amazing desert overlooks and tons of barrel cactus. Please leave artifacts as they lay, not only is it illegal to take any stuff out but others will not be able to see and connect to the past.