Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail

MODERATE 107 reviews
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Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Desert Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
830 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Parking is limited.

Great trail, well maintained. Easy loop and well marked.

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11 days ago

Nice November weather. Full trail is recommended. Completed in 2.5 hours.

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1 month ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Grateful we went clockwise and went to the mine first since the last mile is Sandy riverbed and just tired us out. Lots of fun switchbacks and beautiful views. Signage was a little sparse in the riverbed, luckily you can just look down and follow the footprints.

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3 months ago

Hiked this trail clockwise starting around 5:45pm in July and took it slow. Really enjoyed the plants and creatures! Saw only one other hiker and they were leaving the mine. Definitely hot and strenuous in the beginning but around the mine it was late enough there was lots of shade from the mountains. There are signs that say day use only but we were able to leave the parking lot fine after 9pm.

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4 months ago

It is a moderately hard hike, with nice views of the valley and park, but the last stretch of it is on flat ground and nothing but dirt and Joshua trees, not much to see at the end. In the middle it is the best in terms of scenery, as you are in the mountains.

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4 months ago

I did the loop Clockwise...I guess it depends on how much hiking you do. It's all relative. Really not much to see on this hike. Some nice views at about the 3 mile mark but that's it. A little elevation gain over the first 1.5 miles but really not very steep. The the last 2miles (?) are a just plain boring as you trudge across sand (in and out of a wash) with really nothing to see.

The trail is very well marked...took 2:15 to do the loop, I'm generally a faster than average hiker.

My recommendation would be to go past the mine about a mile and then turn back.

Mid June, mid-90s, Breezy, no shade. Bring a couple of liters of water

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