The Fortynine Palms Oasis is a popular and well-traveled hike to a shady palm oasis just outside of Twentynine Palms.
The trail was once part of an old Indian trail. The Serrano and Chemehuevi Indians knew this oasis well and ate fruit from the palms and used the fronds in their shelters, sandals, and baskets.
In 1922, Mrs. Bernice Tucker, who lived in Twentynine Palms had planned to build a cabin and settle here. She and her children camped at the oasis but the cabin was never built. They did build a dam and worked on improving part of the trail into a primitive road. Part of that road is now the road to the parking lot.
The palm trees here are California fan palms (Washingtonia filifera) and often live to be eighty years or older. Fire has scarred the trunks of the palms many times. Indians burned out the oasis occasionally on purpose to clean it and encourage new growth. Modern vandals have started fires here too. Please be careful with this delicate habitat. There are only a few oases left in the desert with palms like this and this one is a gem.