Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail

MODERATE 455 reviews
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Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail is a 6.7 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, running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 846 feet Route Type: Loop

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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. Note: The main road to the trailhead may close during snowy weather.

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rocky
12 hours ago

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5 days ago

beautiful hike, the mine site was a lot of fun to explore. definitely do the full loop (clockwise again is easier) incredible views the entire way.

7 days ago

this was a beautiful hike. as the description says do the loop clockwise for an easier hike. there are some steep sections but the views of the valley are stunning. the last few miles are a bit of a schlep.

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17 days ago

Great trail that loops around an old gold mine discovered by one of the frontier men of yore. The loop has better views at the longer half that curves around the hills and offers a Panaromic view of the valley.

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muddy
17 days ago

This was a great hike BUT I lost a pair of glasses in a brown case at the top near the mine. I think they fell out when I was eating my snack by the cement foundation walls. If you see them there, please bring them to one of the welcome centers. Hoping I can get them back! Also, because the road to the trailhead is closed, parking on the main road is hard to get. There were a dozen or so cars that had parked up on the curb. When I got back from the hike I saw that several of them had tickets on them for damaging the wilderness. So if you see one or two cars do it, don’t follow their lead. We had to park a mile down the road.

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17 days ago

Did this with my wife on Jan 2. Road to trailhead and parking is closed due to snow and you have to park and hike ~3/4 mile to trailhead. We did this clockwise based on trail reviews but in retrospect would have preferred counter-clockwise. There’s a steep part of the trail on the backside of Lost Horse Mountain. If you prefer going up the steeps rather than down them, take the trail counter-clockwise. Beautiful all around. Loop with the extra hike from the road totals 7.9 miles. Enjoy!

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19 days ago

Fantastic mid length, moderate hike! Came to Joshua Tree to enjoy the snow on New Years Day and this was the perfect trail for doing so. Will note that the main road leading to the trailhead is closed due to snow, so factor in the time to park up the road about a half mile down and walk in. We went clockwise on the trail, which leads you over fairly flat terrain for the first few miles, then after rounding the hill to beautful views you will climb up the mountain towards the mine, ending with a gentle downhill slope back to the trailhead.

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fee
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1 month ago

Epic. Did it in 2 hours but ran some of it so as we wouldn’t get caught out at night. Probably give yourself 3 hours or 4 (if you want to take your time) if you plan on doing this hike. Whatever the case, beautiful.

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

loved this trail! the plants were beautiful, the views were awesome, and the Joshua trees at the end were a great way to cap off the hike! and it was flat at the end. the park rangers in the morning were there to help get as many cars as possible into the small parking lot. I thought that was so kind of them. the park ranger suggested taking the trail up to the mine first - it worked great! oh and we saw a lot of droppings and asked the park ranger - and he said coyote!! loved this trail - would highly recommend!

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1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

2 months ago

Did the loop clockwise on Tuesday 11/12. Started around 1pm. Very enjoyable.

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rocky
2 months ago

Lovely loop trail, went clockwise and highly recommend. It’s uphill to the old mine rather quickly, and then a smooth gradual descent the rest of the way back. Great hike to do early in the am before it’s too hot.

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2 months ago

We didn't finish the whole loop due to time constraints, but we really loved it! This trail is beautiful, and the whole family enjoyed it.

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2 months ago

Did the loop clockwise. Great views on the first half, was very enjoyable all the way around. Flat for the last quarter or so.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

This was a beautiful hike (not too difficult) for an afternoon adventure. We went clockwise and enjoyed the descent after enjoying lunch and taking time to appreciate the vast scenery at the top of peak just past the mine. The mine was intriguing, but sad it was fenced off for vandalism protection. Including lunch, photos, nature admiration, mine exploration, we completed the hike in 3hr 45 min (6.9 miles). Note: lots of hikers out/back from mine, but we didn't see any hikers once past the mine, quiet solitude on a Sunday afternoon.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great trail, well marked. Definitely do the loop clockwise or you will have to finish with a massive climb. Mine was cool and it’s just off the main trail. Well marked.

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