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Pretty, like a moon scape. Some flowers. beware it ends in a wash after a mini slot canyon...just ends.....

hiking
3 days ago

Honestly it was a really great hike I went on Sunday and there was a light traffic of people, however it was still extremely enjoyable. I’ll admit I actually got off the path a few times, so I had to use this apps map to help me get back on course. Going down to the actual palm trees was a challenge, but it was worth it. There are many beautiful scenarios along the way so I recommend doing this hike.

Sandy actually pretty easy nice hike pretty quick to get around. Parking is a little tricky as it is so well traveled and adjoining another nearby trail.

Easy hike very sandy trail. Not too steep but some nice views and the prehistoric looking palms trees were really different.

Short loop around the area. Boulders to climb and play on. Very quick with informative placards. Good for families.

A lot of flowers today! Extended it to the lookout on Herman’s Hike trail. Steep but nice trail.

The road to the trail was closed today.

hiking
12 days ago

A lovely hike but very steep small section to get into the oasis. We returned via the Mastadon loop, and there were lovely flowers and many hummingbirds. However the very end to rerun to Cottonwood Springs parking is confusing as the area was closed after flooding.

Great hike but the return after the palms is confusing. You follow a riverbed as others mention then at one point you need to turn right into the mountain and start climbing. I went the wrong way a few times and reconnected a way that is not even marked here. Was tough but we made it.

Great walk, lots of variety, ups and downs. It;s a bit of a clamber down the canyon at the end, but not too bad. We took our 7 and 9 yo and did the whole thing in about 4 hours. Definitely worth the hike. Views of the salton see on the way

A beautiful area with diverse scenery. A great way to spend the afternoon.

Did this hike with my parents and my adult daughter. The climb was not easy in my opinion. I'm a middle aged woman new to hiking and I found this moderately challenging due to the steep climb, uneven ground and the crowds of people, dogs and cyclists rushing to get past us slower folks. My daughter would rate this as easy and she's 25 and fit.
The hike itself offers nice views and a good reflective moment at the cross on the top of the hill.

nature trips
17 days ago

Great little loop with the whole family. Lots of fun boulders to climb and idyllic picture spots. Really cold and crowded day yesterday. Had to park a half mile away in a pullout because the parking lots nearby were all full.

I just did up to the mine then climbed to the top of the hill behind it. Really nice secluded hike for a generally packed Joshua tree np. Very peaceful, the mine is fenced off but kinda cool since it’s preserved well. Climb to the top of the hill behind it for a SICK view of the valley. Great for a morning hike and not too challenging!

Easily accessible and nice constant elevation climb to increase heart rate. Lots of lookout points to stop and just take in the view.

18 days ago

Good intro to the park and some easy bouldering for nice vistas. Don’t choose this if you want to avoid the crowds.

Easy hiking with beautiful views!!

Very easy but beautiful trail. Good for all ages and ability.

Very easy hike. Fun seeing the oasis and learning about the diversity of the desert.

No trouble staying on trail with support of all trails topo.

trail running
20 days ago

Great views and rally dynamic terrain. Good technical parts with a killer steep pitch halfway through. Run it counter-clockwise!

Loved this hike! Great views when you’re up on the ridge. The only steep part is getting up to the ridge, which is quite short. We weren’t too bothered by the added challenge of hiking in sand. :)

hiking
21 days ago

Nice quick hike, good views a little crowded.

Easy and beautiful. No water necessary here because it’s so short. Nice places for easy rock climbing.

hiking
22 days ago

Fabulous hike but it’s not easy in the sense of climb. We went left and up. Very steep for at least half the hike and tough coming down. I hear going right is an easier route. Maybe needs to be marked as easier. We saw several older folks trying the steep route. It’s so worth it but be prepared.

Lots of fun, for families! With dogs!!

hiking
22 days ago

My favorite hike in JTNP! A wide variety of terrain, sweeping views, periodic animal sightings, and a huge diversity of plant life, including some unexpected desert blooms even though it's winter! At the end point we hiked down into the oasis. Based on a tip from hikers coming back out of the oasis, we did not descend at the Lost Palms Canyon sign. They said it was steep and gravelly and you could get better footing by descending further to the right, walk up the oasis, then ascend via the Lost Palms Canyon path. We followed their advice and it was a good tip. There is no signage or markers if you descend further to the right but people have placed cairns along the way to guide you. Having been into the oasis canyon once, I don't think I'd bother again. For me it was anticlimactic and I preferred the view from above. I plan to hike the entire trail again in the future, just probably won't descend into the canyon from now on.

Extremely popular hike but for good reason. This trail is easy and has a little bit of everything JTNP has to offer. The interesting boulder formations and wide variety of plant life are not only pleasant to look at but thanks to the many educational plaques along the path, you can learn about what you're looking at too. There are no elevated viewpoints unless you are willing to scramble to the top of the rocks, which we saw many people doing, even in jeans and without ideal footwear.

Great trail. Well marked. Suggest going counter clockwise when u reach the last bifurcation to Warren peak. Make a left. This bifurcation is about 0.3 miles from the first loop marker. If you go clockwise it’s a little steep hike the last mile up to the top, however doable. Take plenty of water. Great views at the top.

The trail beyond the pond is very nice and peaceful. Lots of wild flowers.

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