Fortynine Palms Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is a clear but rocky trail to the Fortynine Palms Oasis. From the parking lot it climbs to its highest point in the first half of the trip; from this elevation you have a view of Twentynine Palms, and shortly later, as the trail curves to the right you have your first glimpse of the palms 0.75 mile ahead, down in a rocky gorge. The descent to the oasis traverses dry, rocky terrain; even the desert shrubs are dwarfed by the harsh conditions. Miniature barrel cactus dot the slopes. The windy, dry hills above make the oasis even more striking. Easily accessible from California Highway 62, this hike rewards the energetic hiker with a display of fan palms and a lush willow thicket."
--Bill & Polly Cunningham, Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides).
"The Fortynine Palms Oasis is one of five palm oases scattered about Joshua Tree National Park. The attractive location, nestled in a steep-walled canyon, and its relatively easy access make this a very popular hike. If you come on a pleasant weekend, expect to have plenty of company. If you have time for a longer hike, the Lost Palms Oasis (see Trip 15.25) is even more spectacular and has more interesting cacti and rock formations along the route."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
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