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hiking
8 days 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
10 days 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
28 days 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
29 days 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
29 days 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
30 days ago

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

on Lost Palms Oasis

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Lots and lots of water is recommended and sun screen

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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.

2 months ago

beautiful winter hike

hiking
2 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

3 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.

I can’t really improve upon what’s already been written other than to reinforce what a lovely hike this is!

It’s beautiful the entire way... lotsa changes in scenery. Outstanding views in all directions.

There’s plenty of nice rock formations along the way to pull off the trail to rest/lunch/just hang out and soak it all up.

You can include mastodon peak on the way back which makes for a great sunset location.

hiking
3 months ago

Favorite hike in Joshua Tree

Easy trail to follow. The Oasis is large and dry, but has very little space to sit and take a break before heading back. There are steep sections and parts that are a sandy wash which make the hike a little more difficult.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous views in every direction. Moderate until you get to the Oasis there is a steep trail with loose gravel down to the Palms and would not recommend for beginners. Walked past the Oasis to the 4 mile mark but after that there is a steep drop off. The trail is fully exposed and Hot even in December so bring lots of water, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

hiking
3 months ago

Went in early November. Overall enjoyable. Very interesting rock formations and plants along the way. I was very happy to see the salton sea. No water in the oasis, still worth it to see the beautiful palm trees. Not a strenuous hike, good mix of uphill and downhill. Temperature got very hot even in November with no shade. Not a lot of signs, we got lost on our way back, and eventually found the trail again. Bring sun protection and lots of water.

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