Lost Palms Oasis Trail

Chiriaco Summit, California

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From the outset, the scenery is spectacular; the outcroppings of granite boulders are imposing and beautiful. There is an abundance of rocky washes, ridges, small canyons, and the looming rock formations that line the mesa. The trail stays on a high plateau that descends alongside the ravine and crosses several washes.
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

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100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)

From the outset, the scenery is spectacular; the outcroppings of granite boulders are imposing and beautiful. There is an abundance of rocky washes, ridges, small canyons, and the looming rock formations that line the mesa. The trail stays on a high plateau that descends alongside the ravine and crosses several washes.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chiriaco Summit
Length: 9.5
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Late fall to early spring
Trailhead Elevation: 3,100 feet
Top Elevation: 3,475 feet
Local Contacts: Joshua Tree National Park
Local Maps: USGS Cottonwood Spring
Topo Map: Lost Palms Oasis Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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11/15/2008

This trail takes you through several different landscapes of the Colorado Desert. You cross through several sandy washes, rolling hills, pass through narrow canyons only 5-6 ft wide, and finally end in the deep oasis at the end. There are lots of different plant species and native Indian artifacts that dot the trail. I enjoyed it, but, like every other trail in the park, it was very busy.

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