Lost Mine Trail

MODERATE 150 reviews
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Lost Mine Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Terlinguo, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1105 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The lost mine trail serves as an outstanding introduction the flora and fauna of the Chisos Mountains, only 1 mile into the hike their is a saddle offering stunning views of Casa Grande and Juniper Canyon. The remainder of the trail climbs steeply in and out of juniper, oak, and pine forest. The trail abruptly levels out at the ridge with superb views of Pine Canyon and the Sierra del Carmen in Mexico.

hiking
8 hours ago

Amazing views, hard on out of shape legs, but definitely worth it.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is amazing, we did this with our toddler in the carrier. The trail is shaded and steep in some places but worth is. Many places to rest and enjoy the view, is totally worth the time and effort.

2 days ago

Nice short hike with some serious pay off! Great views!

hiking
10 days ago

We hiked this trail in evening, with the setting sun behind us, it made for some incredible views. However, it’s gets dark very fast as a lot of the Trail is covered by foliage. I preferred this trail over The Window, it was great!

Wonderful view from the top! Just beautiful

hiking
18 days ago

One of the best high dessert hikes in the US. The trails' pitch isn't unreasonable. Anyone in reasonable shape could leisurely stroll up in an a couple hours and down in half the time. There are remarkable vistas through the entire trail. Crowds are much thinner in the morning.

22 days ago

Great hike with great views.

1 month ago

Saw a bear!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is not to be missed. It was closed due to bear activity and opened the last day I was at Big Bend. The views were spectacular and I’m so glad that I got to soak them in.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Not super hard and great view at the end. We got to the trailhead early and saw it pay off as there was no parking left in the parking lot when we got back at 10am.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views and very steady incline making it fairly easy to crest with a steady pace.

hiking
2 months ago

The views at the top of the hike are worth the switchbacks.

hiking
2 months ago

Best hike in the park. I saw a black bear on the trail at the top Saturday, November 12, 2017.

2 months ago

Great day trail!! It is well marked and you have plenty of traffic for reassurance. It is a MUST when visiting Big Bend. BEAUTIFUL.

2 months ago

This was my wife and I first hike in big bend. very beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

really loved this hike. it's a relatively short hike with big payoffs almost immediately. it took us about 1 hr 15 mins to make up and 1 hr back down. we started at 7 am, stayed at the top for about an hour and made it back down a little past 10am. there were 2 other on the trail when we were hiking up. when we came down, saw another 10. this trail is so beautiful, it was a beautiful day, surprised not that many on this trail. I absolutely recommend it! you won't be disappointed!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail! The views were amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! I can see why it's so popular. Lots of uphill (1000ft-2.2miles), but worth the climb. The 360 degree views from the top are spectacular. Be prepared to see more people on this trail than other hikes in the park.

5 months ago

It was fun but hot

hiking
5 months ago

Our family of four (ages 12 to 43) did this hike on a beautiful summer morning. We started at sunrise, which kept us in the shade for almost the entire hike. A mama bear and three cubs greeted us (from a safe distance on the next ridge) at the halfway point. The 1,100 foot elevation change is just about perfect for a half-day hike for casual hikers like us. The vegetation and vistas made for some great pictures. Also, the view of the basin from the top is fantastic. You end up on a rocky point with long, sheer drops on three sides. Stuff this hike into your itinerary in Big Bend. You won't be disappointed. Parking was full when we finished at 10am, but it was empty at 7am. Do this trail first thing in the morning and have breakfast at the top instead of at your tent or the Lodge.

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