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The view from Mastedon Peak is terrific, although you have to be comfortable with a little boulder scrambling to achieve the absolute top.

As of October 2018 the portion of Mastedon Loop which coincides with the Lost Palms Oasis Trail is closed due to minor flood damage. There is no signage to indicate this if you start the Loop at the campground and go clockwise. Don’t know why, with all those rangers hanging out at the visitor center none thought to inform the hikers.

Awesome hike! Moderately difficult on the way up, easy strolling on the way down. Bring a windbreaker if you can!

Easy. Easy. Easy.

Done it 3 times. Once in 105 degree weather
It’s a good trail. Not simple, not too hard.

6 days ago

This is a very enjoyable trail and easy to trek. But there is not enough directions on where it starts and ends. You just have to guess at what you’re doing.

5/5 stars, great views of the park, some cool boulders and the oasis at the end was cherry on top! Definitely worth the trek. We had to start from the campgrounds and do the loop behind the Cottonwood Springs campground due to the road being washed out. Added an extra 2 or 2.5 miles, making the hike about 4 hours total.

Fantastic ✨

Awesome experience second time around.

Did this hike two days ago. Cottonwood Trail, the main trail to Lost Palms, and the road to it, are closed due to being washed out from floods. If you want to hike to Lost Palms you can park at Campground A-B and take the trail toward Mastodon Peak. Once you pass the gold mine and Mastodon Peak go down the hill to Lost Palms Oasis Trail and take a left. Then it’s the Trail as normal to List Palms. This way adds about 1.5-2 miles to the normal hike. Great views as always.

Rock stairs!

Well kept trail. Good views of rugged desert terrain. Oasis is cool break. Palms are great.

hiking
12 days ago

This was a fantastic hike! Just under 3 miles, completed btwn 12:30pm and 2pm on Saturday, Nov 3rd. Great views during the entire hike with 360 degree views at the top. Listed as ‘Easy’ on AllTrails, the trail is very clean and well kept, but moderately strenuous for the 1.5 miles to the top. Hope to be able to do again in the future as a run.

on Careys Castle Trail

12 days ago

This trail is still closed. Security pulled up immediately and told us it was a private road and there is no access to trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice, short steep hike. 3.5 stars if there was a half star allowed. Views are the similar throughout the trail. Did see some mountain sheep about half way on the trail.

hiking
19 days ago

Short but rewarding hike with panoramic views from the summit. Rather steep on the way up, but manageable for anyone in reasonable shape. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a shorter hike, it took approximately 90 minutes at a leisurely pace with time for photos at the top.

I'd give this trail a 5 for trail views and a 3 for destination. It's a fairly level trek with beautiful views for 2 miles. The steep descent down to the San Jacito River was not worth it for a dry river bed. Ot may be in the spring when water is flowing, but otherwise, I recommend stopping before the descent and instead taking the shoot off trail about 1 3/4 miles in that lets you get a better "photographers" view of the mountain range.

hiking
21 days ago

It was beautiful, people were fishing , hiking , walking their dogs , but yet it was very peaceful, perfect place to meditate or just relax.

We did this trail as a night hike and it was pretty awesome. May want to bring gloves as there is a ton of bouldering to be had.

hiking
24 days ago

good medium length hike with intense elevation, it will have your legs aching. great 360 degree vista at the top and many beautiful rock formations. we saw lots of bighorn, they were badass. have fun get there early, in Oct we had face full of sunshine 80% of the way

Good hike- start earlier as the sun is intense and the hike is very exposed. Super dry climate so drink a lot of water! Lots is stairs and consistent incline all the way up. Good 360 views from the top.

Dope trail dope views dope! there was snow towards the end but didn’t bring micro spikes so it was kind of sketchy.

Pretty but VERY crowded

Nothing to see. Concrete walk near the highway. Unfortunately a fire even burned half the palms.

Hiking was easy and definitely not difficult unless you have never hiked and don’t do any exercise. The views were spectacular.

Great hike! Clearly marked, beautiful views, steady climb and well maintained!

Great hike, nice views, not too strenuous and beautiful weather

Great hike. Beautiful with different views that are amazing. Trail is not rocky which I love. Some switch backs but not many. The peak is incredible. It can get windy but we got lucky and it was calm. The tower allows you to see forever views.

walking
1 month ago

Nice scenic lake. Very short walk. Good spot for a picnic.

Unbelievably beautiful!! Worth the trek to the top

Fun little loop, saw some tarantulas!

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