Lost Palms Oasis

MODERATE 102 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.

7.4 miles
1040 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

rock climbing

trail running



wild flowers




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

4 days ago

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.

13 days ago

Favorite hike in Joshua Tree

17 days ago

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.

19 days 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.

23 days 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.

1 month ago

Great walk in the park. Not as strenuous as people made out to be.

2 months ago

Deceptively long trail. Lots of false ends. That being said, it’s a beautiful and varied terrain. Make sure to do Mastodon Peak on the way if you have time! Only 1.4 miles extra round trip.

2 months ago

Beautiful the whole way with boulders and flora. Gentle incline until the end where it gets steep. Somewhat peopled, but not crowded. Views much of the way. I enjoyed this hike more than I thought I would.

2 months ago

Fall 2016 with Marie and friends

2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous oasis! Must do! Did it in a few hours!

3 months ago

Well marked trail with a great varied terrain. Gentle ups and downs the entire distance with a few steep ascents and descents. Toughest portion is the canyon where the palms are. Rugged and steep (approx 500 ft).

One rattle snake encounter. Be aware- it was hiding right along the trail just up under one of the low scrub bushes.

Weather was fantastic. Nice breeze and clear view of Salton Sea.

3 months ago

Varied terrain on a well marked trail. Oasis is fantastic. A "Land of the Lost" feeling after a few miles through the desert.

4 months ago

Good times for sure.

5 months 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.

7 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.

7 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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

Excellent desert hike to a shady oasis

8 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!

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