Hiking The Lost Palm Oasis Trail

The 19th most popular hiking trail in California.

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Northeast of Palm Springs, the Lost Palm Oasis Trail is an 8 mile round-trip route to a remote canyon full of palm trees. Watch the temperature!

The hike begins at Cottonwood Spring, close to the visitor center 6 miles inside the southern park boundary. The spring produces water all year and helps sustain a few dozen palm trees although this is not a natural group, being planted by settlers in the late nineteenth century. Nearby is the Cottonwood Spring Campground and a 3 mile loop nature trail that passes many types of desert plants, an historic mill site and some shafts and other relics from an old gold mine. The path to the Lost Palms branches off southeastwards and is essentially straight for the 4 miles to the oasis, with a small overall elevation gain of 750 feet. The surroundings are impressive from start to finish - many outcrops of the granitic boulders rise from an undulating landscape of ridges, plateaux, small canyons and rocky washes; between the rocks the ground is covered by coarse whitish sand through which cacti, bushes and wildflowers grow profusely - clean, pristine scenery. In spring, the dry washes are especially pretty as flowers grow in the smooth white sandy streambeds while many more line the edges, intermingled with flowering bushes; most visible of these are red chuparosa, yellow brittlebush and the blue-purple indigo bush. The main species of cacti are echinocereus, ferocactus (California barrel cactus), mammillaria, cholla and other types of opuntia.

Overall, Lost Palm Oasis Trail is the 19th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Lost Palm Oasis Trail including Strawberry Creek Trail, Strawberry Peak Loop Trail, Skyline Trail, Chino Hills State Park and Trans-Catalina Trail.

Lost Palm Oasis Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Joshua Tree National Park (760) 367-5500; California Tourism (916) 444-4429

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Recommended Map:  "Joshua Tree National Monument" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/jotr/

GPS:  33.7412, -115.8103

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  7/6/2016

ID:  11055

Lost Palm Oasis Trail Hiking Map


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