Lost Palms Oasis

MODERATE 53 reviews
#5 of 70 trails in

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

hiking
1 day 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
2 days ago

hiking
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13 days 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.

16 days ago

20 days ago

Cool to see palm trees in the middle of nowhere

hiking
20 days 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
23 days 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
28 days 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

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice hike. Make sure to go down into the Lost Palms Canyon if you are able. It's not challenging to descend into the canyon, but does require some minor use of your hands on the way down.

We are 30 and in relatively good shape and it took us about 3.5 hours, including a nice break in the canyon.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

After the rainy last few months it is really green. The ocatillos are beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice hike add Mastodon Peak on the way out for a great day.

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is in the south end of the park by the Cottonwood Visitor Center. It starts with a short walk through the Cottonwood Palms Oasis near the site of an old mine, which is now contaminated with heavy metals and has been roped off.

There is a second oasis, the Lost Palm Oasis, at the end of the trail. Hikers can descend into Lost Palms Canyon but it is a rather rigorous hike out.

About halfway to the Lost Palm Oasis is a side trail that leads to the Mastodon Peak loop. This is generally considered to be a moderate hike, but could be more challenging for the person who is not in peak form.

In spite of the contaminated entrance and even without the sidebar to Mastodon Peak, the trail up to Lost Palms offers a beautiful walk – a different slice at a ‘wonderland of rocks.’ Plenty of diverse plants, birds. I consider it to be one of the best hikes in the park.

Since the ride from the north to the south end of the park can take an hour one way, I recommend travelers plan to do the Lost Palm Oasis and Mastodon Peak in the morning and stop at the Cholla Cactus Garden on the way back to the north end of the park, timing arrival for sunset, when the plants look as though they are lighted from within by the setting sun.

hiking
3 months ago