Joshua Tree National Park

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.”
~Henry David Thoreau

Desert Tortoise

After the ADOPCTKO (Annual Day Zero Pacific Trail Kick Off) festivities, equipped with expert trail tips from a favorite park ranger, we headed north to the south entrance of Joshua Tree National Park.  We day-hiked  the Lost Palms Oasis  Trail that starts outside the Cottonwood Ranger Station.  This 9 mile round trip easy hike travels up a peak, visits 2 springs, and the largest grove of  Palm Trees in Joshua Tree. The highlight of this adventure was the sighting of a desert tortoise!

Wildflowers!

Horned Toad
The desert… all you have to do is step out of your car to embrace its hidden treasures!

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Topo Map of Lost Palms Oasis Trail

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