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.
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.
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.
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.