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hiking
1 month ago

Could not hike entire trail due to a closure, so hiked a loop (made via another trail) back to parking lot. Fantastic hike, beautiful vegetation.

lovely trail we did it in December

hiking
3 months ago

This hike offers a great desert experience, just know that there are no Joshua Trees in this part of the park. That said, the hike has some beautiful views of the desert as well as an enjoyable (if small) oasis at the end. We did the hike in early June and knowing that the temperatures would easily get to 110+, we aimed to start as early as possible. In the end, we only managed to hit the trail at around 7am but got back to the car comfortably just before noon even with a detour to the Mastodon Mine.
There is a sign posted close to the trail-head, which warns people that hiking out into the desert could be life-threatening this time of the year, and without bringing enough water, that is very true. We carried almost a gallon each and drank most of it by the time we got back, so if you're planning on doing this hike in summer, make sure you are well prepared and start early in the morning - there is no shadow or water anywhere along the trail. The trail itself is fairly level for most part with only a short, steep descent/ascent to/from the canyon with the palms but, in summer, the heat does make this a fairly strenuous endeavor. Overall, I would definitely recommend the hike, just know your limits and don't even think about doing it in summer without bringing lots of water!
As for wildlife, we saw plenty of rabbits, some antelope squirrels, a kingsnake, and a bunch of reptiles.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was awesome even this late in the season. I hit the trail early and was back at my car by 1145. The trail rating is moderate is correct in my opinion. There are sections of climbing/bouldering at the canyon entrance and exit. You are also exposed for most of the trail with no water and very limited shade until you reach the oasis. Pictures don’t do this place justice. It was beautiful. I did submit a recording. It accidentally paused it for .7 if a mile. I also didn’t make the full loop the end of the trail so you’re looking at 7.5 miles easy round trip. Be prepared for heat, have water and enjoy! As an experienced hiker this trail was not a waste of time. Not as challenging as some, but there is more to a hike that elevation gain etc.. absolutely beautiful and highly recommend.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice morning stroll if you are camping in cottonwood camping. Took about 3 hours, including going a bit deeper once I reached the palm trees. It's nice, and getting to oasis spring is special, it feels like you just arrived somewhere totally different with these big trees.

hiking
6 months ago

Miles 1-2.5 are moderately strenuous, upgrade out and downgrade return. Thereafter the trail becomes more challenging with steep sections, wide and narrow washes, a steep switchback down to the Oasis from the sign, and nary any shade. Definitely doable in dry weather. Mind the previous comments about distance, heat, and bringing plenty of water. The scenery is awesome.

hiking
6 months ago

Few things in my opinion - "wind in the desert can be a bonus", meaning it can make it a cooler hike, and helpful (gusts to 20 mph are just fine)l. This hike is 9 miles RT - about 2.5 miles of this hike are a bit boring admittedly, but the rest is quite scenic. The steep "sketchy trail" at Lost Palms area is a challenge - There are maybe 30 Fan Palms down there in the steep canyon. Finding and negotiating the small loop down in the steep canyon is vague, and requires moderate bouldering skills, and maybe a GPS. More than 20-30% of folks wont't be able to do the short loop at Lost Palms, though this should not deter one from going down there if you can make it. It is steep coming back up from Lost Palms as well. Make sure to take enough water (you will be sorry if you don't - respect the desert). Lastly, do hike Mastedon Peak near the trail head, it's one of the two main highlights of the hike, an should not be missed.

Overhyped? Uninteresting? Wow. Some people just don’t open their eyes. Don’t listen to naysayers. This hike is a gem.

hiking
6 months ago

Best trail in the park! The Palm trees are huge. Be sure to venture down in to the canyon to get a closer look. The scenery a long the trail to get there is pretty amazing also! Love those rock formations and all the different cacti!

hiking
6 months ago

Honestly, the reviews on this trail are a bit overhyped. It's a fairly boring 3.5mi walk out to a canyon where a few cool-looking palm trees reside. If you're an experienced hiker looking for a challenge, this will not be at all fullfilling.

hiking
6 months ago

Overall not an interesting hike. The views are pretty, you can see the Salton Sea from a distance but the palm trees at the end were not worth it. Also not a difficult hike, it’s very flat, just long. Visit the palm trees at the front and then go explore the rest of the park. Don’t waste your time!

hiking
6 months ago

Great views with interesting rocky hills. Go early to avoid the crowds.

on Lost Palms Oasis

hiking
7 months ago

Such a beautiful hike. Not to difficult! Finished in 3 hours and 25 minutes!

Definitely a challenging hike that is mostly boulder scrambling with a fair bit of exposure in quite a few places. Need to be agile and confident rock and boulder hopping to make it up this track. It does reward you with beautiful views of the surrounding cliffs and vistas below and could serve as access to further adventures if you want.
We did find a couple of small pools of water about half way up so maybe that was the spring? Were also told there were some remnants of an old bootleggers still somewhere up there but we did not find them.
A fun but definitely “hard” hike.

hiking
7 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Joshua Tree. Lots of cool vegetation and rock formations, and the oasis is a great place to break for a lunch below the palms. The view between the mountains approaching the oasis is great, as are the views on almost the entire return hike, where the San Jacinto mountains and Salton Sea can be seen.

Either on the way there or the way back make sure to stop by Mastodon Peak for some amazing views. The path up to the very top is just a bunch of boulders that need to be scrambled over, but it isn’t very challenging and is very much worth it.

birding
7 months ago

The oasis is NOT anticlimactic. It’s absolutely beautiful seeing and (surprisingly) smelling a hidden grove of giant palms in the middle of the montane desert. Fed by an underground spring, the trees have an incredibly sweet, woody smell.

Nice hike for getting a feel for the environment of Joshua Tree - spiky plants, rolling desert hills and rocky features, maybe a few critters. The oasis itself is neat but not spectacular, fun to climb down to. The climb into the oasis is really the only tricky part terrain-wise, all the rest is slightly hilly trail but not too steep.
Did in Feb. 2018 and the weather was in the high 70's the whole morning. Took 3-4 hours, a feasible way to spend a morning or an afternoon.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a moderate hike for me, we took the mastodon rock loop to start so it ended up over 8 miles total. Was nice and scenic though the oasis at the end a little anticlimactic.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots and lots of water is recommended and sun screen

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike through a part of the desert with very diverse Fauna. There is always something to see. The Oasis is not spectacular but worth seeing. I fully recommend this trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike with lots to see in the middle of a dessert!!! The hike was more beautiful than the destination (the lost palm oasis). Bring lots of water and snacks

Awesome. The trail is very well marked and easy to find. It starts with about 2 miles of easy, rolling, sand-like paths. The final part of the trail is great- amazing views and fun passages through canyons, etc. Make sure to bring water and sun protection!!!

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked on Sunday, 2/18/18. Great hike in and out. Trail down to the palms was a little sketchy. Fantastic weather. Sunny but cool. Well worth the hike.

8 months ago

beautiful winter hike

hiking
8 months ago

This trail had all the feels. Wildflowers, views, birds...Somewhat strenuous due to the length and rolling hills. But absolutely worth it to go the extra distance down to the Palms. The sandy wash passes are beautiful and contain so many colorful rocks.

My wife and I spent 4 days in JTNP and this was our favorite hike for sure. Would hardly call it a trail as there's no actual path but finding the place as well as the rocks was a blast.

Amazing great hike,

Great hike

on Garrett's Arch

9 months ago

This hike is scenically wonderful, but don’t try it without a GPS because there is no trail for most of it. You will “feel your way” by connecting one wash to another. Turns are not marked, and if you don’t pay attention to your nav, you could follow a wash much deeper into the outback than you are prepared for. Take the loop clockwise so the giant boulder hop at the end is downhill. This last section requires some skillful agility, and can be dangerous if you aren’t careful.

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