Hike the 49 Palms Oasis Trail
|In This Guide|
|Distance||3 miles (4.8 km)|
|Hike Time||1.5-2.5 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||700 feet (213m)|
|Highest Elevation||3,080 feet (939m)|
|Fees & Permits||Park Entry Fee|
|Park Website (?)||Joshua Tree National Park|
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This hike on the 49 Palms Oasis Trail takes you to a pristine fan palm oasis, tucked into a hidden desert valley. The trail to 49 Palms Oasis is well-maintained and easy to follow, and along the way, you’ll enjoy some great views as you climb the ridge on the way to the oasis. After 1.5 miles, you reach the grove of towering fan palms, fed by a cool spring that is a favorite watering hole for bighorn sheep. 49 Palms Oasis is a perfect place for a snack and rest as you take in the spectacular scenery.
Where is the 49 Palms Oasis Trail?
The 49 Palms Oasis Trail is one of the hikes that doesn’t require you to go through a park entrance gate, although it is still in the park. To get to the trailhead, you’ll drive through the neighborhoods of Twentynine Palms, just south of the main drag on CA-62. Use this trailhead address:
Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail, Fortynine Palms Canyon Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
You need to display your parks pass or entry receipt on your dashboard. This hike is within Joshua Tree National Park.
Gear for the Hike
Don’t let the short distance of this hike fool you. There’s a decent amount of climbing, both on the way to 49 Palms Oasis and then back. And there’s no shade or cover until you reach the palms. Bring at least 1L of water and prepare for the heat and sun. The best time to do this hike is sunrise. The temperature will be cool and you’ll beat the crowds.
Hiking boots with cuffs will help keep the sand and debris out of your feet. If you have trekking poles handy, they will help you during the climbs and descents.
There are a disproportionate amount of rescues on the 49 Palms Oasis Trail because people overestimate their physical condition and get in trouble. If you are not experienced in climbing 700 feet in the desert, try a different hike in Joshua Tree.
The La Sportiva Spire boots feel like comfortable sneakers but offer the protection of hiking boots. They’re great on everything from short hikes to longer hikes of 10+ miles. You don’t want to skimp on your feet.
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The palm trees were actually planted by miners in the early 1900s to help them spot the location of the natural spring that is also found here.
When you are done enjoying the oasis, head back the way you came to finish the hike!
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