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Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail

MODERATE 353 reviews
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Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.9 miles Elevation Gain: 912 feet Route Type: Loop

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

no dogs

In the generally packed Joshua tree National Park, this trail is secluded and very peaceful. This hike is on the moderate side of difficult, there are short sections with some rapid ascent and decent, but overall most of the terrain is more mild. There is a nice variety of scenery throughout the hike, expansive views towards the east after the mine, lots of interesting flora and fauna throughout the hike. Clockwise, from the trailhead starting at the parking lot, is the easier direction. Go the opposite way for more challenge. Either way, do yourself a favor and do the entire loop. Most hikers go to mine and turned around, but they missed out on the best part of the hike. The access road is not paved, but any vehicle should be able to navigate it.

hiking
8 days ago

Overall not a bad trail. Very quiet if you do the full loop. We tracked this closer to 8 miles.

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed the hike to Lost Horse mine.

hiking
no shade
12 days ago

I forgot that I was planning to go clockwise.... counter clockwise is definitely the harder direction. Amazing views and really cool to see the mine.

hiking
no shade
rocky
15 days ago

Finished up this loop just as the sun was going down, most beautiful setting I have seen in Joshua Tree NP!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Got to the trailhead around 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 15th. Took the last parking spot available. Took the trail backwards and enjoyed a lot of BEAUTIFUL 360 degree sites. Because we took the trail backwards, the steep “downhill” towards the beginning of the trail was a steep uphill for us around 4.5 miles in. Saw and/or heard about 3 rattles snakes, ran into many lizards and chipmunks. The mine is super interesting to see & learn about, however I think the rocky peak views make this trail worth it. Bring plenty of water, easily drank 2 liters in 90 degree weather. AllTrails recorded 6.6 mi and 830 ft elevation, and my Apple Watch recorded 6.7 mi and 890 ft elevation. No dogs allowed on this trail.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Some elevation and no shade at all, but some really stunning panoramic views back down into Lost Horse Valley and out across the plain to the Hexie Mountains - a vigorous, quiet and secluded walk in nice weather with a breeze.

hiking
2 months ago

Was able to get out to this trail early. Many people opt to go to the mine and turn back, but if you keep on following the loop it ends up secluded with beautiful views of wildflowers and Joshua trees.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a beautiful trail with a lot of different diverse areas. The middle 1/3 was breathtaking. Highly Reccomend

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

This trail is amazing. Lost horse mine is a nice spot to take a quick break before you complete the entire loop. I think the second half of the trail is more beautiful than the first. I highly recommend doing the complete route.

no shade
2 months ago

Completed hike not too long ago. Very pretty views for the first half of the hike. Nothing but a dried up Creek bed the second half. Worth going if you are out in Joshua Tree

hiking
2 months ago

I did the loop clockwise as many recommended. There are incredible views of the valley below around the 2 mile mark, after the Mine. The rocks on the overlook are probably the best place to sit and have a snack and take in the views. I saw a rattlesnake on the trail around then, but gave it time to move off and had no problem. I started at 6:30am and finished at 9:50, so 3h 20m to cover 6.4 miles and 656’ elevation gain. If you go clockwise you get the climb out of the way early and then have an easy way back. Most of the best views are in the first half. The 2nd half (past the abandoned stove/chimney) mostly has views of Joshua Trees and wildflowers.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, first 3 miles are moderate but the last 4 are very easy and flat. Great views

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Like the previous reviewer, I almost hate to say how much I loved this trail because I want it to stay amazing, but I can't help myself. For me, this is one of my top ten of all time. A lot of people seem to just go to the mine and turn back, but that is a HUGE mistake. The mine was cool, but the rest of the trail is cooler. Wildflowers, vistas, huge joshua trees, and tons of wildlife (quail, red-tailed hawks, cactus wren, hummingbirds, jack rabbits, iguanas, horned lizards, scorpions). Only saw a handful of other hikers after the mine and most of them were going counterclockwise. I highly suggest going clockwise. That way, you get the crowds and the elevation out of the way early. Seriously such a great trail!!

trail running
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rocky
3 months ago

This is one of those trails that’s so great you don’t want to tell anyone about. Or at least it was for me. Great run to start my day in the park. Had to keep stopping to take pictures. The wildflowers and views are beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Great hike in the full sun. Bring lots of water! And sunscreen! The mine is not accessible but interesting nonetheless.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

The mine is surrounded by a chain link fence, but it was still interesting to check out. Well maintained trail with signs helping hikers stay on track. Scenic point of the valley below about halfway through the loop.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hiking trail, cool views and got to see some wild life, Deff recommending to bring binoculars!

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of wildflowers and pretty views. Mostly easy trail, with moderate hills near the mine. Awesome rocks. Nice snow capped mountain in the distance. Cool start warm finish but a great cool breeze most of the time. Saw some lizards and we believe a horned lizard. Many birds too with lots of song in the air. Not a cloud in the sky and crisp clear air. Enjoyable hike in JTNP!

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. Wildflowers galore. Joshua trees everywhere. Miles and miles of desert lands/mountains as far as the eye can see. Make sure to go up the mountain from the mine to get a complete 360 view. The mine is currently fenced off and they are replacing some of the support beams from the original structure. You still get an up close view through the fence. Butterflies everywhere. We saw a jack rabbit. Well marked trail. This is a must do! Get an early start because parking fills up fast.

rocky
4 months ago

I would rate this trailer is easy. There is a bathroom at the trail head. We arrived shortly before 8 AM and were the first people at the trail head. When we got done about 2 1/2 hours later the lot was full. Very beautiful hike.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Quiet trail. Spectacular views! Hiked counterclockwise and would hike it again. Great way to end a beautiful day in the Park.

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