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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.
Lost Palms Oasis Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
More Lost Palms Oasis Trail Professional Reviews and 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."
--Ted Alvarez, Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast (Falcon Guides).
"This excellent, view-filled hike in the southeast reaches of the park leads you across the west slopes of the Eagle Mountains to an extensive grove of California fan palms in a rugged, granite-bound canyon. In a remote canyon in the southeast corner of Joshua Tree National Park is Lost Palms Oasis. With more than one hundred California fan palms crowding the canyon for 0.5 mile, this is the most extensive oasis in the park. The trail is well marked and easy to follow, but the only shade you will find is in Lost Palms Canyon beneath the palms."
--Ron Adkison, Hiking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
"Lost Palms Oasis showcases Joshua Tree National Park at its best. The trail leads you across cactus-clad hills before plunging into a deep canyon studded with the park’s trademark quartz monzonite boulders that conceal the largest stand of California fan palms in the park. Lost Palms is in a day-use area; camping is prohibited."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
"The Lost Palms Oasis hike showcases Joshua Tree National Park at its best. You will hike across cactus-covered hills on a clearly marked and well-kept trail. The oasis, hidden in a deep canyon studded with trademark Joshua Tree quartz monzonite, is home to the largest stand of California fan palms in the park. Lost Palms is in a day-use area; no camping is allowed."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
"This is a dry, high hike with no protection from sun and wind. It is a heavily signed route, with arrows at every bend and every washcrossing, and even mileage posts. The trail follows the up-and-down topography of the ridge-and-wash terrain. At each ridge, one hopes to spot the oasis ahead, particularly if it is a hot and sunny day. Not until the final overlook will such hopes be realized. And after crossing numerous ridges, descending rocky paths to narrow canyons, and winding up to more ridges, it is a welcome sight! This is the largest group of California fan palms in Joshua Tree National Park, and they are majestic. The oasis is a day-use only area to protect bighorn sheep access to water; you may be lucky enough to spot one of the elusive animals on the rocky slopes above the oasis. A moderate out-and-back day hike to an oasis, or an extended trip to Victory Palms."
--Bill & Polly Cunningham, Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides).
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