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Joshua Tree Day Trip to Lost Palms Oasis

Leave LA behind for a day and come out to Joshua Tree National Park for a 7.2 mile, 1,200 foot elevation gain hike to visit the Lost Palms Oasis, the largest palm oasis in the park.

Wintertime is a great season for visiting this nearby National Park. The daytime temperatures are tolerable (highs normally in the 70s) and wildflowers bloom all over the normally barren landscape. If you have thought about visiting this park, this is an excellent opportunity to do so.

Though we are meeting at 7:30 am, the hike begins at 10:15 am (due to the distance from Los Angeles), finishing by 4:00 pm, with an expected return time to our meeting point of 7:00 pm. Please meet either at the meeting point or at the trailhead. We may also grab dinner after the hike somewhere along the 10 freeway, depending on the consensus.

BRING: Though we are hiking in winter, there is still the possibility of extreme temperatures. You should have at least 2 liters of water, snacks/lunch, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a comfortable backpack. You may also want to bring long sleeve shirts and pants. Due to the rocky terrain, comfortable hiking boots are strongly recommended.

Meeting Point: Meet at the Park and Ride lot at the corner of Del Mar Avenue and Norwood Place, San Gabriel, CA promptly at 7:30 am (3 blocks north of the Del Mar Ave exit off the 10). We will leave by 7:35. Or meet at the trailhead at 10:15 am (take 10 freeway east to JT south entrance, travel 7 miles north and turn right at Cottonwood Springs, and drive to end of the road and meet by the kiosk).

Due to the distance travelled to the trailhead by car, you may want to consider carpooling from our meeting point. However, the Sierra Club does not involve itself in, and does not take any responsibility for, carpooling and leaves it to each individual to make his/her own arrangements to the trailhead. If you do choose to carpool, please consider the driver, the 300 mile roundtrip distance. Entrance fees at Joshua Tree National Park are $15 per vehicle, or free if you have a current America the Beautiful National Parks pass. Please bring any relevant passes you may have.

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  • Sandria G.

    Awesome hike! Thanks Jose and Pedro!

    March 17, 2013

  • Chris L

    Coming home too late ... Sorry. I'll see you tomorrow, Jose...

    March 16, 2013

  • Sandria G.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow morning. I will be bringing my care. I don't mind car pooling at the meetup location.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you guys at the Car Pool (I need one)

    March 15, 2013

  • Luciano

    are the elevation gains well distributed or is there a sudden rampup in elevation?

    March 15, 2013

  • anthony

    see everyone tomorrow at 730am at Del Mar Avenue and Norwood Place, San Gabriel, CA for the carpool

    March 15, 2013

  • Roman

    Sorry cannt make it

    March 14, 2013

  • Billy S L.

    Hi Jose & Pedro, I have you and everyone else at the "trailhead"(Kiosk).

    March 14, 2013

  • anthony

    hi everyone....this weekend will be perfect temperate for this trip....a lot of people have talked about a carpool.....i'm in downtown l.a and would like to carpool...thanks!

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In for 70 miles drive to SG

    March 13, 2013

  • Billy S L.

    Hi Jose & Pedro, We are meeting at the meeting point at 7:30am and I'm not 100% sure how to get there. Just in case I get meet you guys at the meeting point, may have your mobile number?

    March 12, 2013

  • Patty L

    Jose, Pedro - Are we determining carpool from San gabriel or are there other meeting spots also? I'm coming from Pasadena/Old twn & would like to join a carpool. Tks.

    March 12, 2013

    • Jose M.

      The only meeting spot so far is at the San Gabriel rideshare point. We'll figure out at that point if anyone wants to carpool and who are willing to drive. People are free to arrange their own carpools via meetup beforehand, though.

      March 12, 2013

  • Daniel

    Jose, Pedro, Cottonwood Springs runs N-S. I take that the direction means "drive 7 mi N on Cottonwood Springs from the S entrance." After the 7 mi, on what street do I turn right? Thanks.

    March 11, 2013

    • Jose M.

      Turn right just before the visitor center. It's the only other paved road for miles

      March 11, 2013

  • Naveen

    Let's figure out the carpool situation. I'm based in West LA.

    March 11, 2013

  • Billy S L.

    Hi everyone, I have never been to Joshua Tree, always wanted to see the park. And, looking forward to meeting everyone attending the hiking event.

    March 6, 2013

  • Patty L

    Carpool, pls. Tks.

    March 3, 2013

  • Sterling W.

    Sounds like fun. Need to check availability!

    February 24, 2013

  • Jyenny

    I'll meet you at the trailhead.

    February 24, 2013

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