Lost Palms Oasis

MODERATE 165 reviews
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Lost Palms Oasis is a 7.2 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
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,026 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 month ago

This trail was awesome even this late in the season. I hit the trail early and was back at my car by 1145. The trail rating is moderate is correct in my opinion. There are sections of climbing/bouldering at the canyon entrance and exit. You are also exposed for most of the trail with no water and very limited shade until you reach the oasis. Pictures don’t do this place justice. It was beautiful. I did submit a recording. It accidentally paused it for .7 if a mile. I also didn’t make the full loop the end of the trail so you’re looking at 7.5 miles easy round trip. Be prepared for heat, have water and enjoy! As an experienced hiker this trail was not a waste of time. Not as challenging as some, but there is more to a hike that elevation gain etc.. absolutely beautiful and highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice morning stroll if you are camping in cottonwood camping. Took about 3 hours, including going a bit deeper once I reached the palm trees. It's nice, and getting to oasis spring is special, it feels like you just arrived somewhere totally different with these big trees.

hiking
2 months ago

Miles 1-2.5 are moderately strenuous, upgrade out and downgrade return. Thereafter the trail becomes more challenging with steep sections, wide and narrow washes, a steep switchback down to the Oasis from the sign, and nary any shade. Definitely doable in dry weather. Mind the previous comments about distance, heat, and bringing plenty of water. The scenery is awesome.

hiking
3 months ago

Few things in my opinion - "wind in the desert can be a bonus", meaning it can make it a cooler hike, and helpful (gusts to 20 mph are just fine)l. This hike is 9 miles RT - about 2.5 miles of this hike are a bit boring admittedly, but the rest is quite scenic. The steep "sketchy trail" at Lost Palms area is a challenge - There are maybe 30 Fan Palms down there in the steep canyon. Finding and negotiating the small loop down in the steep canyon is vague, and requires moderate bouldering skills, and maybe a GPS. More than 20-30% of folks wont't be able to do the short loop at Lost Palms, though this should not deter one from going down there if you can make it. It is steep coming back up from Lost Palms as well. Make sure to take enough water (you will be sorry if you don't - respect the desert). Lastly, do hike Mastedon Peak near the trail head, it's one of the two main highlights of the hike, an should not be missed.

3 months ago

Overhyped? Uninteresting? Wow. Some people just don’t open their eyes. Don’t listen to naysayers. This hike is a gem.

hiking
3 months ago

Best trail in the park! The Palm trees are huge. Be sure to venture down in to the canyon to get a closer look. The scenery a long the trail to get there is pretty amazing also! Love those rock formations and all the different cacti!

hiking
3 months ago

Honestly, the reviews on this trail are a bit overhyped. It's a fairly boring 3.5mi walk out to a canyon where a few cool-looking palm trees reside. If you're an experienced hiker looking for a challenge, this will not be at all fullfilling.

hiking
3 months ago

Overall not an interesting hike. The views are pretty, you can see the Salton Sea from a distance but the palm trees at the end were not worth it. Also not a difficult hike, it’s very flat, just long. Visit the palm trees at the front and then go explore the rest of the park. Don’t waste your time!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views with interesting rocky hills. Go early to avoid the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

Such a beautiful hike. Not to difficult! Finished in 3 hours and 25 minutes!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Joshua Tree. Lots of cool vegetation and rock formations, and the oasis is a great place to break for a lunch below the palms. The view between the mountains approaching the oasis is great, as are the views on almost the entire return hike, where the San Jacinto mountains and Salton Sea can be seen.

Either on the way there or the way back make sure to stop by Mastodon Peak for some amazing views. The path up to the very top is just a bunch of boulders that need to be scrambled over, but it isn’t very challenging and is very much worth it.

birding
4 months ago

The oasis is NOT anticlimactic. It’s absolutely beautiful seeing and (surprisingly) smelling a hidden grove of giant palms in the middle of the montane desert. Fed by an underground spring, the trees have an incredibly sweet, woody smell.

4 months ago

Nice hike for getting a feel for the environment of Joshua Tree - spiky plants, rolling desert hills and rocky features, maybe a few critters. The oasis itself is neat but not spectacular, fun to climb down to. The climb into the oasis is really the only tricky part terrain-wise, all the rest is slightly hilly trail but not too steep.
Did in Feb. 2018 and the weather was in the high 70's the whole morning. Took 3-4 hours, a feasible way to spend a morning or an afternoon.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a moderate hike for me, we took the mastodon rock loop to start so it ended up over 8 miles total. Was nice and scenic though the oasis at the end a little anticlimactic.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots and lots of water is recommended and sun screen

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike through a part of the desert with very diverse Fauna. There is always something to see. The Oasis is not spectacular but worth seeing. I fully recommend this trail.

hiking
4 months 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

4 months 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 months 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.

4 months ago

beautiful winter hike

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months ago

Amazing great hike,

5 months ago

Great hike

5 months 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
6 months ago

Favorite hike in Joshua Tree

6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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.

7 months ago

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

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