Lost Palms Oasis

MODERATE 131 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
1040 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
2 days ago

Amazing hike with lots to see in the middle of a dessert!!! The hike was more beautiful than the destination (the lost palm oasis). Bring lots of water and snacks

3 days ago

Awesome. The trail is very well marked and easy to find. It starts with about 2 miles of easy, rolling, sand-like paths. The final part of the trail is great- amazing views and fun passages through canyons, etc. Make sure to bring water and sun protection!!!

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked on Sunday, 2/18/18. Great hike in and out. Trail down to the palms was a little sketchy. Fantastic weather. Sunny but cool. Well worth the hike.

9 days ago

beautiful winter hike

hiking
16 days ago

This trail had all the feels. Wildflowers, views, birds...Somewhat strenuous due to the length and rolling hills. But absolutely worth it to go the extra distance down to the Palms. The sandy wash passes are beautiful and contain so many colorful rocks.

1 month ago

Amazing great hike,

1 month ago

Great hike

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Favorite hike in Joshua Tree

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Fall 2016 with Marie and friends

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 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.

5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Good times for sure.

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