Enjoy mountains and desert at 49 Palms oasis hiking trail, 20 nature pictures

29 Palms aerial view from mountains, landscape photography

Aerial view of Twentynine Palms from the hiking trail

Twentynine Palms, California, USA
Latitude: 34.1154, Longtitude: -116.1059
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Southern California has many great outdoor adventures and Joshua Tree National Park is one not to miss. This park is in a high desert location and its hiking trails in the deserts and mountains draw many outdoor enthusiasts. 49 Palms oasis hike is an easy option to get a taste of the park.

parking and facilities at 49 palms hiking trail
49 Palms Oasis Hike Parking Lot, travel images

To plan a trip and get more details visit National Park Service website or another great resource about 49 Palms oasis hiking trail is hikespeak. 49 Palms oasis is about 2 hours drive from greater Los Angeles and is an excellent choice for a day trip.  This hiking trail is considered moderate mostly because of the climb which is about 300 feet both ways.  Weather can be a factor as well so if you plan a trip to this high desert hike, please check the weather conditions.

Information board and fence at the entrance to the hike, plan a trip
Entrance to the hiking trail

You will need good hiking shoes, protection from the sun and lots of water. The trail itself is nice and firm, but occasionally there is a patch covered with sand and small rocks that are easy to slip on. A pair of hiking poles may come in handy.

Sand and small rocks cover the trail, hiking trail detail photo
Sand and small rocks cover the trail, hiking trail detail photo

Desert and mountains of Joshua Tree National Park are rugged and beautiful so definitely bring your camera to capture amazing landscapes and vistas. These nature pictures will remind you of great California outdoors. Use these pictures  as desktop backgrounds or make a calendar or a t-shirt. Modern technology created another use for the landscape photography – these travel images can be made into great window curtains.

Climb of the hiking trail
Hike climbing up the mountains in the beginning of the trail, travel images

49 Palms oasis hike is just off the main road – Twentynine Palms highway. If you still need more information or last minute updates information center for Joshua Tree National Park is just 5 miles down this road. They will have maps and can answer any of your questions and suggest another hiking idea. While visiting this information center take little bit of time and enjoy Oasis of Mara walk.

Stone steps climbing further uphill, hiking travel images
Stone steps climbing further uphill, hiking travel images

The initial climb is quite strenuous, so pace yourself according to your abilities. When resting during the hike take nature pictures of desert plants, if lucky you can spot wildlife too.

desert plants pictures - red barrel cactus
Red barrel cacti, desert plants nature pictures
Delicate desert plants grow in a tough conditions, nature pictures
Delicate desert plants grow in a tough conditions, nature pictures

49 Palms oasis hiking trail has couple of spots on the way up where you can rest in the shade and take a break from the desert sun. Once you reach the top there will be an arrow showing that the correct way is to the right. This is also a good spot to view breathtaking mountains and deserts landscape and take great pictures.

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travel images - hikign trail directions marker
Hiking trail marker at the top of the climb

Practical photography tips for outdoors and hiking trails landscape photography:

1. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes as per weather and hiking trail conditions.

2.Use a backpack to have both hands available for photography or support.

3. Wide angle lens will deliver dramatic landscape pictures.

4. If practical bring and use a tripod.

5. Arrive at sunrise and sunset as they provide the  best light.

6. Experiment with polarizing or haze filter.

49 Palms Oasis Hiking Trail Photo Gallery

desert trail travel images
Desert hiking trail conditions
49 palms oasis hiking trail pictures
Level sections of the hike
Green oasis, view from the top of the hiking trail
Oasis seen in the distance once you reach the top of the hike
Descending to the oasis amid desert and mountains, travel images
Descending to the oasis amid desert and mountains
Narrow passages between rocks, hiking trail pictures
Narrow passages between rocks, hiking trail pictures
49 palms oasis hiking trail pictures green desert plants
Green desert plants closer to the oasis
Native California Palms - Fan Palms, nature pictures
California Fan Palms at the oasis (Washingtonia filifera)
Striking green vegetation at the oasis
Striking green vegetation at the oasis
Adult fan palms can survive the fire, nature pictures
Adult fan palms can survive the fire, nature pictures

 

Fan palms with burnt trunk from fire
Fan palms with burnt trunk from fire

 

Desert plants - yucca, Joshua Tree National Park
Desert plants – yucca, Joshua Tree National Park

 

  08.11.2015 by FPImages

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