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Lost Palms Oasis Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mecca, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until April.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 1,026 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

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Wild flowers

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Rocky

Scramble

No shade

No dogs

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This trail is located on the southern side of Joshua Tree National Park at a lower altitude. You won't find many Joshua Trees here, but you'll find palm trees at the oasis! After 3.5 miles, you'll reach a real life desert oasis teeming with life. Getting down to the oasis requires a difficult off-route scramble. The park suggests not hiking this trail May to October because of extreme heat.

Parking is provided by the National Park Service. And a enterence fee or a national parks pass required

For visitor information call the oasis visitor center at (760) 367-5500

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

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Amith kumar Ramachandra
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Hiking

Did this Dec 2019 during my California trip. One of the best desert trails I’ve done. It was such an amazing feeling once I reached to the oasis point. Thumbs up.

Anna Jackson
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Only saw 1 other person on this trail. Signage at beginning not recommending this trail from May-October. Did scramble down to the palms, which was the best part and had good shade coverage for a rest. Do NOT do this hike without plenty of water- bring more than you think you need. Great hike overall.

Daniel Lichtenstein
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Hiking

NPS does not suggest taking this trail May-October due to high heat. It’s different than the rest of Joshua Tree. 1) bring that there are no Joshua Trees in this area! I wouldn’t bother going down to the Oasis, unless you’re just feeling extra adventurous. Total scramble. There is NO legit path, and when I went down big bee hive. Lots of lizard friends. BRING WATER.

Henri zu Knyphausen
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Hiking

Amazing hike. The little loop at the end I would rate as difficult - but is the most rewarding part.

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Alec B.
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Kirstyn K.
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Spencer Mears
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No shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Beautiful 7.5 mile hike through the California desert offering glimpses of local wildlife, pristine wilderness, and some breathtaking views, including the sultan sea. Rather than hike a loop around the edge of the oasis, we opted to chart a course directly in. The last section is off trail and can be dangerous if you're not careful. Mild inclines throughout, but a fairly easy and rewarding hike. Bring at least 3 liters of water per person, sun protection, and some snacks

Juan Rodriguez
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Fairly easy trail, great views the park has to offer.

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James R Wilson
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Apr 16th, 2020 - All of Joshua Tree National Park is closed to all visitors "until further notice", due to the pandemic.

Kim Rehberg
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relatively flat apart for a few parts. palms were unique. do recommend walking down to the "Oasis" at the end. most people stopped at the lookout and did not climb down and out.

Matthew Gartner
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Hiking

We loved hiking this trail. This is our favorite hike in Joshua Tree by far. We loved the landscape and there is so much to see. Lots of jumbo rocks, beautiful views, ocotillos, jack rabbits and chuckwallas. The oasis was not the biggest site to see but it was more about getting there than the destination. I highly recommend.

Nate Duffus
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Hiking

A top hike in Joshua Tree. Great trail all the way from thick patches of ocotillo, little wash canyons, and great views of what we think was the Salton sea. The palm oasis was really unique and hope to follow that wash further one day.

Paul Martinez
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Great loop trail bring plenty of water and some boots.

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Janel Afjari
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great trail with great views of JT and lots of natural plants to see. Trail was a mix of soft sand and hard rock. Various incline. The final loop is about an extra 45 min and off trail. Option to go straight down to Oasis instead. Would recommend and do again. Great spot to see palm trees in JT. Felt very secluded and trail was not too busy for March

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Kelsey Ale
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HikingNo shade

Loved this hike! Definitely recommend doing it in cooler weather because there’s no cover, but the views are great along the way, the trail is interesting, and the oasis at the end is a fun hidden gem. It’s an easy hike except the section that gets you down into/out of the canyon. I hiked down and trekked around among the palms and had a lunch break in the shade. Would recommend!

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Lindsey Ross
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Easy and well maintained trail. Saw a tortoise! Not a super exciting hike otherwise but good to get out and get some miles in!

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Dustin Bowdige
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Hiking

Hiked this end of February 2020. Well marked hike with lots of other people on the trail. The last third of the hike has some steep hills which can be difficult for older hikers. The end “oasis” was underwhelming compared to other hikes I have completed but still was beautiful. Worth checking out if you’re in the area. The hike is around 11KM in and out.

Travis J.
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This is a really gorgeous hike. To me the hike was fairly easy in the 70ish degree heat. Not easy, but not sure it is moderate at the same time. It is a long hike so be prepared. Very diverse vegetation and some beautiful views. Keep an eye out as there seems to be some resident tortoises in the area. I saw one at the last bigger hill climb to the oasis lookout. Arguably one of the best hikes in the park.

Michale Schneider
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It was a great hike. I enjoyed the scenery. The oasis is small, but nice, a good place to have lunch, take some pictures. Great workout. No water at all. Make sure you bring enough.

Al Hiker
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Nice hike through the desert for springtime or winter. Not a lot of cover from the sun, so dress accordingly. There will be a sign at the end of the trail that says the trail ends here and you go on at your own risk, you’ll look around and not see anything. You have to walk up like 30 feet more to see palm trees down in a valley. Go back to the sign and patiently pick out a winding path that leads down into the valley and the “oasis” (it’s probably the ‘riskiest’ climb of the trail). I was actually disappointed by the oasis, there was just a puddle down there and some big palm trees (read the Wikipedia article about this trail though, kind of interesting). I walked about a mile down the “oasis valley”, saw more small puddles (actually running water that briefly surfaces) and trees occasionally. I did not see a pool nor sheep, who supposedly drink from the pool in the morning. Maybe both were farther down. It’s hard to find info about what oasis I should be looking for, the one at the end of the trail or another one way farther down, if there is one. Could be just a drought and not much standing water. Still like the overall hike.

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