Joshua Tree Lost Palms Oasis

The hike to Lost Palms Oasis departs from Cottonwood Spring on the east side of Joshua Tree. There is actually a smaller oasis, Cottonwood Springs Oasis, right at the trailhead. From there, the trail heads east on a 7.2-mile round-trip track to Lost Palms Oasis.

The short trek to Mastodon Peak can be visited in combination with this hike as they share the same trail for half a mile. Follow the markers for Lost Palms and hike across the desert on coarse sand. In the spring, the wildflower bloom here can be spectacular. The trail leads in and out of various washes over fairly level terrain, before descending through a canyon to a bluff overlooking the oasis.

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Lost Palms Oasis

Nestled between mountains, Lost Palms Oasis is often rated as Joshua Tree’s nicest. From the overlook, a steep path descends to the oasis. Walk amongst the palms and relish in the shade before returning the way you came. Pack plenty of water and sunscreen (or consider Fortynine Palms Oasis for a shorter oasis hike in Joshua Tree National Park).

Joshua Tree
Lost Palms Oasis

To get to the trailhead: From the 10 Freeway, take exit 168 and head north on Cottonwood Spring Road. After 7 miles, turn right before the at Cottonwood Visitor Center and continue 1 mile to the trailhead at road’s end. From within the park, Take Park Blvd to the junction with Pinto Basin Road. Take Pinto Basin Road thirty miles to the Cottonwood Visitor Center, turn east and continue one mile to the trailhead at road’s end.

Trailhead address: Unnamed road off Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
Trailhead coordinates: 33.736992, -115.810888 (33° 44′ 13.17″N 115° 48′ 39.19″W)

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These photos were taken in April of 2008 and April of 2010. Click to enlarge.
Nearby Trails
Mastodon Peak TrailMastodon Peak
This 2.6-mile loop visits a 3,400-foot summit with panoramic views of southeastern Joshua Tree.
Bajada TrailBajada Trail
This level 0.3-mile nature trail loop explores the plants living on a desert bajada.
Cholla Cactus TrailCholla Cactus Garden
This quarter-mile loop allows visitors to stroll through an intense concentration of cholla cacti.
Joshua Tree Oasis TrailFortynine Palms Oasis
The 3-mile round trip hike visits a cool desert oasis.
India Cove TrailIndian Cove
The 101-site campground is home to a 0.6-mile interpretive trail and endless bouldering and rock climbing opportunities.
Hidden Valley TrailHidden Valley
This one mile loop circles the interior of a small valley surrounded by tall rocks that serves as an excellent bouldering arena.
Ryan Mountain TrailRyan Mountain
This 3-mile round-trip hike offers summit views from the center of Joshua Tree National Park.
Warren Peak TrailWarren Peak
This 5.5-mile hike summits a peak with impressive views over the west side of Joshua Tree.
Lucky Boy Vista TrailLucky Boy Vista
This level 2.5-mile hike visits a modest overlook at the site of an old mine.
Keys View TrailInspiration Peak
This 1.2-mile hike leaves the crowds at Keys View for even grander views at a 5,550-foot summit that looks out on the Coachella Valley, the Salton Sea, Mount San Jacinto, and much of Joshua Tree National Park.
Lost Horse Mine TrailLost Horse Mine
This 4-mile round-trip trail visits a well-preserved mine and mill.
California TrailsHikes in the California Desert
Explore more trails in Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and Mojave National Preserve.
Camping
Joshua Tree CampingJoshua Tree Campgrounds
There are nine campgrounds with 500 total sites spread throughout the park to facilitate your visit.
Wildflowers
Joshua Tree WildflowersJoshua Tree Wildflowers
The desert in bloom is something any outdoor enthusiast in California should see.

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Distance: 7.2 miles – Elevation change: 400 feet

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  1. [...] the other was Chocolate Blueberry – midway through our hike along Joshua Tree’s Lost Palms Oasis Trail. The first bites were life-affirming. The thick granola bars sparkled with sweetness, and bursted [...]

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