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 best used from October until June.
The trail itself isn't hard the oasis is really all that makes it worth it. Not very impressed with Joshua tree overall but this oasis was the highlight of our trip and we saw quite a bit of the main park.
Better to go earlier in the morning then later in the day when more people are there. By 10am all the parking spots were taken.
Amazing moderate hike to beautiful oasis. The only problem is that since people do not enter through ranger station, a lot of them do not pay.
A wonderful hike, but longer than advertised. NPS literature claims the trail is about 3 miles round-trip, 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.