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.
Parking is limited.
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!
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.
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.
Longer hike, longer views. less impressive.
Cool and pretty easy hike.
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.