Hike the Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail
Los Angeles › Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail
Added by Maya Daniels
Moderately easy day hike with awesome views and a shady lunch spot.
Just off highway 62 lies an easy 1/2 day hike with incredible views of the Morongo Valley. Though technically part of the park, the out-of-the-way-ness of the hike means you don't need to pay the $20 National Park fee. Parking is ample, and there's a pit toilet at the trailhead (beware of bees and yellow jackets!)
The hike begins by climbing up to the ridge bordering Joshua National Park. It's a 500-foot climb that will get your blood pumping. Rock stairs guide much of the trail, and be sure to look up as well as down! We stumbled upon some majestic bighorn sheep during our hike up. The top has spectacular views of Morongo Valley including 29 Palms and the town of Joshua Tree.Zig-zag across the slope and begin your drop into the canyon. You'll be able to see your destination after about a mile - a stand of luscious palms tucked against the North side of the Canyon. Though the actual site can get crowded, there's plenty of boulders and plenty of shade to find a good lunch spot.
There and back again took us around 2 hours (with lunch and photos). It's a good hike for kids, but pets are not allowed, even on a leash. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Water!SunscreenToilet paperLunch :-)
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
A JT Must-see
It was breathtaking to hike up and over the ridge and see such a vibrant patch of life spring from the rocks. If you've never experienced the magic of a real-life oasis, this is a must-see for any visitor to the park. Even the air feels and smells differently once you're inside the trees. Allow an extra hour to sit and linger.
More Adventures Nearby
Hike to La Jolla Canyon Falls
Los Angeles / Ray Miller Trailhead
...I think out of all the State Parks in the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Mugu State Park is without a doubt the best one.
Visit the Secret Swing in Elysian Park
Los Angeles / Elysian Park Swing
For the most direct directions to the swing, plug in "Swing on top of Elysian Park" into google maps, which will take you directly to the trailhead.