Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail

MODERATE 117 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.

hiking
14 days ago

This trail can be shortened by walking out to the mine and back. That made it only 4 miles round trip.

14 days ago

Great views on the northern portion of the trail. Limited parking but no large crowds. Starting your hike clockwise is easier (gradual elevation increase).

15 days ago

Nice hike overall. Soft sand in some areas adds to the exercise value.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
4 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.

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.

hiking
5 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

hiking
7 months ago

nice hike with a few steep parts. make sure you bring water as the trail has no shade. once we arrived at the mine we hiked up the hill behind it and the views were amazing! if you dont want to do the full loop you can hike to the mine and back and that is 4 miles. to complete the loop is 6 miles

8 months ago

Easy day hike. A good loop trail for families with children.

hiking
8 months ago

A little difficult in the beginning due to it being very uphill, but once you get past the first part, it's a pretty easy hike. It was very windy when we went which was a little more challenging with the cold breeze blowing in our faces. Once we made it to the mine, we stopped and had lunch in an area where there was no wind. A little sad that the mine is gated off, but I understand it's for safety reasons.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike was a little rough in the beginning maybe just because I haven't hiked in a while but once you get about halfway through it's just a level path the rest of the way. We had so much fun on this hike and would def do it again. We were able to see a few bighorn sheep and jackrabbits. Bring plenty of water if you plan on doing the full loop, and snacks! The only downside was that the parking lot was on the smaller side so we had to drive all the way back to main road and walk to the start of the trail which added probably another mile to our hike!

walking
9 months ago

Nice hike with good vista views, but we didn't find the horse. I would not classify this as difficult, it was an easy walk with only a few inclines.

We are 30 and in relatively good shape and it took us a little under 2.5 hours.

9 months ago

Hiked it in November was a beautiful sunny day. had to really budget water between the 4 of us, but made out okay. could have benefited from an extra 500-1000ml each, despite it being the cooler season. very scenic! feels remote, deeper you go on the trail (I.e beyond the mine), you see very fewer hikers.

10 months ago

Great trail.

10 months ago

Longer hike, longer views. less impressive.

hiking
10 months ago

Cool and pretty easy hike.

hiking
10 months ago

A moderate hike with of course an amazing opportunity to view the abandoned mine. For me however the highlight of this hike was on the far eastern part of the hike when you're on the side of the mountain looking out towards the plains of Joshua Tree. There is something special about not seeing anything manmade for miles and miles.

hiking
11 months ago

It's a must do! The hike is relatively easy, not technical just lengthy but the work is rewarded by the old Mine.

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