Lost Palms Oasis

MODERATE 336 reviews
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Lost Palms Oasis is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Indio, 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

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

running

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
34 minutes ago

This was a great trail. It wasn’t flat the whole time, and covered a lot of varying terrain. The last part is a little challenging because the climb down into the canyon is steep, but it was overall not that challenging of a hike. It took us about three hours to complete round trip. Make sure to take lots of water and sunblock as most of the hike isn’t shaded.

recorded Recording - Dec 07, 04:46 PM

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike. You walk through some rugged desert terrain before dropping down into a canyon with several palm groves. There are a ton of unique cactus and other plants along the way. It is very reminiscent of hikes near Borrego Springs, which is a good thing.

hiking
8 days ago

Great easy trail! Mastadon peak was amazing!

no shade
20 days ago

This was a great hike. It was the perfect challenge. Pretty easy but I did get quite tired something back. It took us about three hours to complete. We came across a Dessert Patch Nose snake, tarantula, wild hares, jackrabbits, ground squirrels, lizards and loads of birds. Make sure you have good sun protection if you're hiking during the day. A lot of the trail is in the sun.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

The trail is very well marked except for the very last portion down into the palm oasis. We hiked from Cottonwood Campground and took Mastodon Peak Loop back which added a little mileage, but was well worth it. We also had a great view of the Salton Sea. It was a hot day (high of 95) and there is almost no shade. Took a lunch break in the shade at the oasis. Bring plenty of water!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail even though there was no actual Joshua trees to be seen but there is a variety of plant and animal life to be enjoyed. Started the trail before sunrise and hiked about 6 hours out and back with time to sit eat a snack and enjoy the amazing view. I would definitely suggest adding the Mastadon mine loop into this hike worth the extra mile.

hiking
no shade
off trail
1 month ago

Great trail! A little long but mostly flat until the end when there are a few canyons to climb in/out of. Trail into the Oasis canyon is difficult to follow - NPS warned not to climb into the oasis canyon. The trail out of the canyon was near impossible to follow and we ended up off the trail at parts. The oasis is really cool and worth the trek!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Decided to do this trail during night time. It was a great experience. Overall a pretty easy hike expect for the last part. The little loop at the end was a cool little adventure in itself especially in the dark. Bring a flash light if you decide to go night time.

hiking
2 months ago

Solid, relatively easy hike that took roughly three hours. Not many joshua trees but there was nice desert flora and interesting boulder formations. Saw a large desert tortoise as well. Watch the heat/sun and bring plenty of water!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

nice level traverse and great scenery. only saw three people on trail. Did a noon hike and used less than 2l water.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it. Thankfully it wasn’t super hot when we went. J tree is just mesmerizing. This trail is in a part of the park that doesn’t have a lot of the famed Joshua trees but the desert flora in this area is lovely!

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

Definitely mind the heat, due to dried up river beds, the path can get hazy. There are a lot of jackrabbits running around if you take the path to the loop around the trail as well. Again be careful, and if you don’t know where you’re heading, turn back around. Given that, some great views, and you definitely get the desert adventure feel here.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Dangerous in summer. Do not attempt under extreme heat conditions. I mean it. Bring at least 8 bottles of Gatorades etc.

hiking
no shade
scramble
5 months ago

saw lots of local lizards and rabbits on trail. no wildflowers as one reviewer mentioned here. Trail was marked well enough, every time I was concerned I was lost, a clear trail marker showed up

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

No problems I did get off trail on accident twice but a great trail and great memories

hiking
5 months ago

A wonderful trail that showcases the Colorado Desert of the Sonoran very well. Very different biome from the northern part of the park and it is littered with many different plant species. Can’t count how many jack rabbits and lizards I saw. It can be easy to lose the trail and follow a dried creek bed so watch for the signs, of which there are many. The trail itself was a great run through of the nature nearby but the oasis at the end felt like something out of the movies. Definitely like nothing I’ve seen before with these towering palms in this little rock valley. There wasn’t much water in there and I don’t know if there ever is but I imagine it would make it even nicer

5 months ago

fun interesting place.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

hiking
scramble
6 months ago

6 months ago

wonderful hike later in the afternoon. bring water and snacks and sunblock.

hiking
bugs
no shade
6 months ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
7 months ago

7 months ago

Joshua Tree's

hiking
no shade
scramble
7 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers the entire hike and amazing constant change in terrain. No shade throughout and there are rattlesnakes (we had a close call on our hike). Be prepared for some scrabbling as you make it to the oasis. This area seems a bit disrespected by people so take this hike as an opportunity to enjoy the journey, and not the end point. Bring lots of water.

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