Joshua Tree National Park Lost Palms Oasis

Indio, California

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Roll over hills dotted with spiky yuccas, ocotillos, and cactus before dropping into the lush Lost Palms Oasis. Home to the largest stand of fan palms in Joshua Tree National Park, the Lost Palms Oasis is a refreshing reward for hikers on this 7.4-mile desert trek. Starting near the southern border of the park at Cottonwood Spring Trailhead, the hike climbs to the Hsoutheast through scrub-covered desert. Watch for hummingbirds that dart around the surrounding yuccas, chollas, and ocotillos. (In early summer, red f;ower clusters adorn the tips of the ocotillo plants.) Massive boulder piles and rocky gullies become more common as the trail nears Lost Palms Oasis. At mile 2.3, turn right into a wash and follow the sandy trail through a mazelike wall of rocks. Next, descend into a small canyon lined with gullies and gorges and continue hiking southeast.
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by Ted Alvarez (Falcon Guides)

Roll over hills dotted with spiky yuccas, ocotillos, and cactus before dropping into the lush Lost Palms Oasis. Home to the largest stand of fan palms in Joshua Tree National Park, the Lost Palms Oasis is a refreshing reward for hikers on this 7.4-mile desert trek. Starting near the southern border of the park at Cottonwood Spring Trailhead, the hike climbs to the
Hsoutheast through scrub-covered desert.

Watch for hummingbirds that dart around the surrounding yuccas, chollas, and ocotillos. (In early summer, red f;ower clusters adorn the tips of the ocotillo plants.) Massive boulder piles and rocky gullies become more common as the trail nears Lost Palms Oasis. At mile 2.3, turn right into a wash and follow the sandy trail through a mazelike wall of rocks. Next, descend into a small canyon lined with gullies and gorges and continue hiking southeast.

© 2016 Ted Alvarez/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Indio
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 day
Local Contacts: Joshua Tree National Park, (760) 367-5500; nps.gov/jotr
Driving Directions: Directions to Joshua Tree National Park: Lost Palms Oasis

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