Joshua Tree National Park
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I wanted to be sure I stopped by an oasis while around Joshua Tree, so made my way to Fortynine Palms. The trail outside of Twentynine Palms starts just inside Joshua Tree National Park, but does not have an entrance fee. Again, there is a sign detailing the statistics of the hike and stressing that it might be too strenuous for you. Here it gets particularly worried about the passers by because part of the trail on the way out is uphill. Mounted on the side is a huge thermometer so people can know exactly how hot it is out. Today, that isn't even all the way up to 60°F.
|Signs at the start of the trail.|
The first bit of the trail is climbing. It doesn't actually start in the canyon with the oasis, so has to climb up and over to the correct canyon. Twentynine Palms comes into view below, stretching far and somewhat obscured by fog.
|The desert terrain to hike through.|
|The rocks take on odd shapes. This looks over the foggy city to the mountains beyond.|
|There's quite a few people on this weekend day with the lot more than half full.|
Someone behind me spots a tarantula. The big hairy spider causes a bit of a stir. One of the pair behind me says she's glad she passed before it was noticed, but eventually goes back to see it. I try to look for another as I go, but it seems I should have gone back too. There aren't any more being suitably obvious.