Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from October until June.
A wonderful hike, but longer than advertised. NPS literature claims the trail is about 3 miles long, but our tracker placed the length at well over 4 miles. NPS also says the trail is moderately challenging, but for some the stairs will be quite challenging.
A generous population of barrel cacti reside along this trail and they shine bright red in the sun - great picture opportunities. I've seen desert tortoises - two different times - on this trail.
Best to do this trail very early in the morning when both the heat and the tourists won't be so overwhelming.
The oasis at the end is a cool wonder. Sadly, some idiots have carved their names in the bark of the palm trees. It was much worse several years ago, and some of that graffiti is no longer visible, but what is left is very annoying. Always report vandalism.
Constantly losing and gaining altitude makes this an awesome workout. In the end you're rewarded with a real oasis in the desert. A unique experience for me. My wife and I really loved it.
we loved it. if you like to climb a little you can always find your own way around. the oasis is visible from far.
Fun! But very crowded.
Nice hike. Enjoyed the views and the rock formations.
Great moderate trail with a strenuous final stretch toward the oasis, which is a beautiful spot: In the middle of June it still had water trickling down a couple of yards and wild blooms. Great for a fine picnic, then a short rest and back up the hill!
Not a super pretty hike, but not bad either. Great trail for some exercise.