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    Lost Palms Oasis Trail

    Chiriaco Summit, California

    Lost Palms Oasis Trail

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    Cotati, CA
    Ranger | 2512 pts
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    4/17/2019
    The hike begins at the historic Cottonwood Spring. The time to hike in southern Joshua Tree National Park is March & April. Delightful wildflower & cactus blooms ornament the Trail. The terrain is varied. There are terrific views of the Salton Sea, Mount San Jacinto, & the surrounding desert mountains from the highest sections of the Trail. Hike down through rock ravines. Over 100 palms are tucked away among rock canyons at the Lost Palms Oasis. Lucky hikers might spot bighorn sheep.
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    Minneapolis, MN
    Explorer | 11 pts
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    1/28/2019
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    Placentia, CA
    Trailblazer | 1154 pts
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    2/16/2013
    Lost Palms Oasis is the longest listed day hike (7.1 miles) in Joshua Tree National Park, taking you from one palm oasis to another, only 9 miles from I-10. (Date hiked: February 16, 2013.) Read full write-up at: http://www.greeneadventures.com/2013/04/26/lost-palms-oasis-in-joshua-tree-national-park-the-longest-day-hike-in-the-park/
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    Dallas, TX
    Pathfinder | 141 pts
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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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    Los Angeles, CA
    Adventurer | 341 pts
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    9/29/2006
    If you are not camping at Hermit Gulch the walk up to the trailhead from Avalon is about 1.5 miles. We got an early morning start to avoid the sun for the initial climb up the mountainside. It was foggy but very cool. We saw many deer on this hike both at a distance and close up. We surprised one on the trail, I don't think it expected anybody to be around at 7:30 A.M. The one mile walk to the Point from Divide Road is rollercoaster like and tiring. The sun came out and burned off the fog just as we arrived at Lone Tree Point. The view was fantastic, you can see both ends of the island and Mount Orizaba. On a clear day it would be spectacular. On the way back we were treated to some great views of Avalon Harbor. The hike terminated at the Wrigley Botannical Gardens where we caught a shuttle back to Avalon. We did not see another soul during our entire time on the well marked trails. I think this hike should have been rated three stars, it is not as easy as it sounds and it would be even more difficult if you start it after the sun comes up. But if you crave isolation and great panoramic vistas give this one a go.
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    Chesterfield, MO
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    1/6/2006
    Being from the midwest, I thought this trail was spectacular. The scenery was great and the anticipation of finding the oasis is fun. Once you arive, you really appreciate a wonderful view. You can walk down into the cool valley/oasis for as long a hike as you want. The trail has a great variety ... walk on ledges, in canyons, in streambeds, etc. It is moderately strenuous and you need to bring water.
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    Marigold, CA
    Pathfinder | 91 pts
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    8/22/2005
    It would have been helpful to know how many miles from the boat it was to the trail head. When you get off the boat at 10:45 and have to return at 4:00, it only gives you 5 hours to walk the 2+ miles to the trail head and then you need 3 hours for the trail.

    I would have loved to hike this trail; however, the group I was with insisted on eating lunch right away so there was not enough time for the hike.

    My recommendation is to go only with hiking buddies, and take your lunch with you. Also be prepared for hiking in a very humid climate and bring sun screen.
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    Trail Information

    Chiriaco Summit
    Nearby City
    9.5
    Distance
    900 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    5 hours
    Duration
    Late fall to early spring
    Season
    3,100 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    3,475 feet
    Top Elevation
    Joshua Tree National Park
    Local Contacts
    USGS Cottonwood Spring
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