Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail

HARD 32 reviews
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Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Desert Center, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

6.6 miles 961 feet Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Parking is limited.

hiking
10 days ago

Pretty scenery. This trail is in Joshua Tree National Monument and there is no dogs allowed on the trail and people did not follow the rules, making it hard to enjoy how peaceful the hike was.

hiking
17 days ago

I did this one starting at 2am. It's a great little hike. The mine itself is surrounded by barbed wire so that's kinda a buzz kill. You can hike the hill to the top, and look down on the mine. Overall a nice little hike for the exercise.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to the Lost Horse Mine. Most people turn around and head back from there, but continuing on the loop is worth it! Very quiet and great views of Pleasant Valley and the park.

hiking
1 month ago

A great moderate trail with pleasant views of the park's midsection in the distance. NOT the greatest scenery in the park but good if you're not looking for steep climbs. Fencing around the mine site is depressing but it's obviously been graffittied badly in the past. Worth doing the whole loop but to the mine and back the same way for a shorter hike it's still a good stretch.

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

This is a great option for a moderate hike in Joshua Tree. However, this app is misleading - dogs are NOT allowed. You risk a ticket from the ranger if you bring your dog anywhere outside of the campgrounds in a national park. I have done the trail to the mine and back (4 miles r/t) several times, but just recently did the full loop and it was WORTH IT. Definitely throw in those extra two miles of you have the time and energy. The views are great and since most people stop at the mine, you have 4 miles of relative solitude on a great trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Was very surprised!! Looking forward to repeating.

hiking
9 months ago

It's a cool trail to get a good jog in. I wouldn't hike it for the scenery. The mine is cool. You can take the shorter route to get to the mine instead of doing the whole loop.

10 months ago

Ok trail. A million people there hiking. I scrambled a bit and camped. That was nice.

geocaching
10 months ago

Good trail back loop is flat and dull

10 months ago

Good trail, the back end was boring

10 months ago

This was the first time I seen a gold mine location. It was very neat to be able to go in and see how they work in those times. The hike itself, it isn't much to it. It mostly a nice workout walk.

10 months ago

The mine itself is very cool, but the hike is pretty uneventful. Great views and we even had some snow on the side of the trail but other than that it's just a walk along a fire-type road. Temps were around 40 degrees this afternoon and when the wind was factored in it was hand-numbing. Joshua Tree NP is just awesome but this is one I won't repeat.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice hike with great desert views. Mine area is well preserved.

hiking
1 year ago

Great views of pleasant from the peak above the mine. Very uneven footing in many places.

1 year ago

The heat must have gotten to me, the below was for the Desert Queen Mine...

hiking
1 year ago

Good trail, but the best part was definitely the mines themselves. There may or not be a hole in one of the entrances through the grate. With a headlamp you are able to go pretty far into the mine shaft. I am sure you can go further than I did, but I was alone and not willing to gnaw my own arm off in case something went wrong.

hiking
1 year ago

Bring lots of water and sunscreen. A gorgeous hike through stunningly beautiful desert landscape. Not difficult, but some elevation changes and uneven footing in some areas. Springtime brings the dry washes to life with wildflowers.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago