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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.

Length7.2 miElevation gain1026 ftRoute typeOut & Back
HikingViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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Getting There

Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. 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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Michael Melchior
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Aneel Nazareth
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Easy slightly rolling terrain with lots of desert flora at the beginning. Fun descent into the oasis canyon.

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Elliot Simon
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Griselda Hernandez
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Coming Back Soon.

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Dave Rodgers
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HikingGreat!

Well marked in the beginning. Near the end a few more marker stakes. It is a fun trail to run. We did it late afternoon into dusk to dark. Overall a fun trail. Sandy, rocky, neat canyon or river beds to run through.

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Frank Tizedes
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HikingGreat!Off trailRockyScramble

I highly recommend this trail as an easy comfortable walk with the surprise beautiful oasis at the end. This is a good trail to hike in, have lunch and hike out I ran the way back with a slight decline and easy markers, it was fun Trails were somewhat clear thanks to the aid of other hikers (was a bit busy). Drive up to the trail head and park in a parking lot or along the road Bring water. No facilities here

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Pati Leal
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HikingGreat!

Great hike and good workout! Recommend getting out there early! Loved the view of the rocks and plants throughout the trail.

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Roger Jenkins
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A nice stroll through a beautiful desert garden, timeless rock formations, distant mountains, and the Star of the show a palm strewn oasis. For my complete Trip Report with pics, video, information and story go to https://nationalparkshikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.wordpress.com/2020/11/09/lost-palms-oasis-trail/?preview=true

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Tommy Caillouet
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nice hike out to a beautiful oasis. route has occasional signage, pretty easy to follow because it is well worn. more popular than expected considering how far out of the way it is from the rest of the popular spots.

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Ted Cartwright
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Ted Cartwright
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Christy Líf
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A really nice hike for some exercise but lacks the awe-factor of the trails in the Wonderland of Rocks.

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Dylan Taylor
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Beautiful trail and refreshing hike on a summer moonlit night! Highly recommend on a moonlit night. Very easy to lose the trail, even with the trail markers and especially at night. Be sure to download offline maps either on google maps or AllTrails. No cell service, but your phone’s GPS should still work. Even with the offline map/GPS, my friend and I still fell wildly off trail at points. Bring plenty of water, especially if hiking in the heat. Recommend 1 gal or more per person. National park warning signs recommended 2 gal water per person during extreme heat. Started at 6:30pm. Spent about 3.5 hours out and back, without many stops. On the way back we walked fast to make make time since it was getting late. There was no one else on the trail.

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Achim Schmidt
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Absolutely awesome.

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Ruediger Schmidt
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Nice hike. Weather was lovely, some clouds and wind. Hike is not challenging at all, but makes for a decent workout.

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Ryan Witt
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Kendra Quiroz
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Beautiful hike but FYI there is not a single Joshua Tree in site. Lots of beautiful rocks but no Joshua Trees at all!

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Andrew Levine
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailRockyScrambleWashed out

With every ridge the views get better - decently easy to follow as long as you pay attention to signage especially through washes but it is quite easy to lose the trail at points. The oasis is gorgeous but a steep climb to the bottom. If you don’t feel like hiking all the way into the valley there is an incredible viewpoint at the end of the ridge off the right fork at the end of the trail. Bring more water than you think you’ll need!

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Misty Brown
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