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.
Parking is limited.
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.
Was very surprised!! Looking forward to repeating.
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.
Ok trail. A million people there hiking. I scrambled a bit and camped. That was nice.
Good trail back loop is flat and dull
Good trail, the back end was boring
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.
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.
Nice hike with great desert views. Mine area is well preserved.
Great views of pleasant from the peak above the mine. Very uneven footing in many places.
The heat must have gotten to me, the below was for the Desert Queen Mine...
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.
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.
Great trail, bad parking. If you hike to the mine from the parking area, take in the mine and then continue about another mile. There are great views of Malapai hill on the back side of the mountain and the trail is less traveled. Or even better continue and do the whole 6.2 mile loop.
Sad that we need to fence off history. It really ruins every part of the mystery in these places. People think they are helping preserve these historic sites but in truth they are making them an eyesore. Things should be allowed to decay.
DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THIS TRAIL
First time on this trail, The park should install a new a signage that parking is a mile away, because from Keys View Road where the left turn starts at Lost Horse Mine Road (dirt road) it appears like the trail starts there at that “T” intersection, but there was nowhere to park. So went ahead and assumed it was somewhere along that dirt road and it behooved me to discover it was where that dirt road dead ends.
Anyway, there were around ten cars upon arrival. Decided to only do the four mile route today, what anybody will notice the first mile is mostly ascending and the nicer part of this trail up to a point where the environment takes a totally different scene from a lush green to ashes. Once you catch the glimpse of the Mine which appears humongous you’ll be surprised to see how really big it is, the perimeter fence was the major disappointment.
In terms of photographic opportunities, there are many especially at the fire damaged area where you’ll see many panoramic views. This is a trail where you can leave your hiking poles behind, but you definitely will want to bring your hat. It’s a sunny trail which also means you’ll want to have enough water with you.