Lost Palms Oasis

MODERATE 63 reviews
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Lost Palms Oasis is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1138 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

From Palm Springs/Coachella Valley take Interstate 10 for 15 miles past Coachella. Exit Cottonwood Springs Road. Make a left when you exit Cottonwood Springs Road. Make a left at the Cottonwood Visitor Center and the trail is right hand side of the road

10 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

I enjoyed this hike. The views were nice and there was abundant small wildlife. I started at about 6am to try and beat the heat. The trail is well maintained, with erosion control on some of the steeper parts. There are occasional blazes to help you navigate when the trail crosses or runs along a wash. There are mile markers every mile.

Round trip took me about 3.5 hours. I spent about an hour at the canyon/oasis. I was traveling alone, and tend to move quickly. You might need more time. The trail was mostly empty on this Saturday morning in July. I only saw one couple out there besides me.

The descent/ascent into the canyon at the end is a loop. The west side is a scramble over boulders. The way through the boulders is marked with stacked rocks. The east side is a steeper trail. Just walk straight towards the sign about the palm trees, and you'll see it. I preferred to descend on the west (boulder) side, and walk up the eastern side.

You can also continue southeast through the canyon to an old mine. Follow the bits and pieces of water pipes. There wasn't much at the end, so you could probably skip this part unless you just want to extend your walk.

You'll exposed to the sun for most of this hike, so be prepared properly especially if you are doing this mid-day in the summer. I drank about 3L of water for my morning hike.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Awesome trail. Great scenery and lots of wildlife. No one was out there however it did reach temps of 100+ but that's expected in June. Bring lots of water and a cooling towel came in handy. Make sure to pay attention, easy to come off the trail in some parts.

2 months ago

Great hike! Every section is interesting. The hike down into the canyon at the palm trees is a little steep. No too much traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

A very beautiful trail. Lots of up and down but nice trail. Bring lots of water.

2 months ago

2 months ago

had a blast with my girlfriend. heat was the biggest obstacle

backpacking
3 months ago

Excellent desert hike to a shady oasis

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail! I think I enjoyed this more than Anza Borrego during the bloom! So many different flowers, cactuses, and animals too! Feels like a totally different planet. I could not recommend this hike more!
Also, watch out for rattle snakes! Saw one on the trail and had to wait for it to pass under a rock to get through. It didn't rattle at me though, so be careful out there!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

Really awesome hike. While it is roughly 8 miles (out/back 4 miles each way) it is somewhat flat with very mild inclines along the way. The last half mile or so it a bit more strenuous but the descent into the valley is very beautiful. You just need to be mindful of your footing. The spring time is a beautiful time to go with the wildflowers blooming and lots of critters along the trail.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Cool to see palm trees in the middle of nowhere

hiking
4 months ago

One of the better long hikes in JT. The geography was varied which made the hike more interesting. Beautiful views along the way. The wildflowers are beautiful right now. The last half mile at the end has the potential to be a little treacherous for less experienced hikers who are not so sure footed. But don't worry- you'll make it and be glad you did. The Salton Sea was visible from the end of the trail. Great spot to sit, take in the views and refuel for the walk back.

hiking
4 months ago

I enjoyed this hike a lot. The wildflowers were blooming and the hike took about 3.5 hours. Make sure you go down into the canyon to see the palms.

backpacking
4 months ago

A must see for the quintessential Joshua Tree experience. The trail is well marked but very exposed. So, bring plenty of hydration (water, electrolytes) and sun protection (hat, umbrella would be nice too). I hiked this in late Winter and temps still hit 90. The trail has three small passes that offer stunning views of Mt. San Jacinto and the Salton Sea. The end of the trail has a pretty steep descent into the Lost Palms Oasis. Take your time and you'll do just fine. Camp at the Cottonwood campgrounds if you can. The night skies are just as beautiful as the Joshua Tree landscape.

Below is a short video of my camp at Cottonwood and the hike to Lost Palms Oasis:

https://vimeo.com/208777951