Saturday, February 14, 2015


Friday, February 13 (hope you had good luck) - We hiked the Lost Palms Oasis trail today in Joshua Tree National Park, Indio, CA.

Joshua Tree

We left home a little later than usual (7:30), and that had us ending our 7.5 mile hike too late in the day....Hot, Hot, Hot. The temperature gauge read 88 degrees at 2:00 p.m..

This area of Joshua Tree NP is considered "high desert.” We quickly realize that, as we climbed the 10 mile incline on East bound I-10 to the park entrance.

The trail, although a little longer than we prefer, is an enjoyable hike. It is very well marked and doesn't have too much of an elevation gain…about 400 feet. The problem is you gain and lose the 400 feet numerous times as you climb in and out of the washes and canyons.

Much of the hike is in coarse sand. Slow going here.
Lost Palms Oasis hike

Be prepared for some rocky climbing.Lost Palms Oasis hike

Lots of beauty all around.
Lost Palms Oasis hike

The two canyons we hiked through were lovely.Lost Palms Oasis hike

Once you reach the Oasis at the end of the trail it is a pretty scary climb down into the canyon, if you want a close-up view of the palm trees. Remember, if you climb down there, you have to climb back out! YIKES!

Lost Palms Oasis hike

Lost Palms Oasis hike

Besides the Palms in the bottom of the canyon, they are way up the side of the canyon too.Lost Palms Oasis hike

Brunch with a view.
Lost Palms Oasis hike

On the way back to the trailhead, Paul thought we could take a short cut down one of the washes. Men! After about a half mile, Paul agreed with Marsha…We better go back to the trail. He insists it would have eventually brought us out to about the Saltan Sea.....30 miles away! Ha Ha!

On the way back, we were able to see the Salton Sea…waaaay over there.
Lost Palms Oasis hike

Just when we thought we were almost back to the trailhead, our legs said….Oh No! Not more steps.
Lost Palms Oasis hike

Regardless, after nearly 5 hours, we returned to the trailhead a little tired and ready to head home.

Lost Palms Oasis hike

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!