Lost Mine Trail

MODERATE 231 reviews
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Lost Mine Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,099 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

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.

13 days ago

3 hours to the very top and back. My legs are sore but it was worth it! We started around 11:30am. Little trouble getting parking but we waited a few minutes and took a spot that opened up. We are moderately active and in decent shape. I was winded on some of the steep parts and at the summit. I wore trail sneakers and wished I wore hiking boots. Wear layers and bring a snack!

1 month ago

Gorgeous views! Worth the effort to get to the top!

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Not too hard of a hike. Lots of switchbacks. Normally coming down hurts my knees pretty bad, but this trail wasn’t too hard on them!

1 month ago

Very nice trail with great views along the way. Deer spotted. Parking can be an issue, found a pull off about a 1/4 mi south of the trail head.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a moderately difficult hike for us older folks, but once you get past the switchbacks the views are easy to get to and amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail, but the parking lot fills up fast. Plan to get their shortly after sunrise if you want a spot!! The trail can get pretty crowded too.

hiking
1 month ago

After the first half, this trail is basically a staircase up to the top. The view from the top is fantastic! You can see all around. To be honest it was a little difficult to tell where the trail ended. It was a little cold and windy at the top, but that’s to be expected in January.

1 month ago

Really fun hike. You get a lot of “bang for your buck” with this hike because it is not as remote or long as other hikes in the area, but you get to see great views and lots of flora and and some fauna (if you’re lucky!)

Don’t miss this one if you come to Big Bend!

1 month ago

Love this trail! This is the second time doing it and it was just as amazing as the first time!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail Dec 10, 2018.
Easy in the beginning, gets harder towards the end. Step, very uneven surface rocks. The top, it’s almost a plateau, you can safely walk on top of the trail and view different angles of the mountains. Definitely worth another visit later on!

2 months ago

Great views for not a lot of effort. It's all uphill but at a manageable gradient and distance. It's a popular hike so consider getting there early to find parking

3 months ago

The entire trail took about three hours with a few breaks. Parking is very limited around busy times so we ended up having to park about a mile away and walk to the trailhead which isn't a big deal. We saw a bear about half a mile into the trail snacking on something. He didn't seemed to be bothered by people at all. the view from the top is great and is a comparable height to emory peak without having to hike all day long.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views from the peak. Can be shroaded in early morning mist first thing.

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3 months ago

Very nice trail. It is well maintained and beautifully constructed. The views at the top are magnificent!

4 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous view from the top. Super worth it!

4 months ago

Beautiful hike! Bears are sited!

4 months ago

Gorgeous view

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing views. Great trail

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail with great views. Also saw a black bear from a distance, but it didn't get close.

4 months ago

Magnificent views, and a good chance to see a black bear.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

A good decent workout with great views! Saw a black bear sow and cubs. Signs of Moutain lion. Clouds swirling around Casa Grande at sunset were sublime.

hiking
4 months ago

Today was my second time attempting this hike. Last year, I hiked it at the beginning of August and it was about 72 degrees. It was breezy, so it was bearable! Amazing views the entire way. The top was the best part. Today we encountered a lot of clouds/ mist, so we only went up to the mile mark. However, just before we got onto the trail, we came face to face with a bear just past the parking lot. Due to the excessive rain/ time of year, the bears are more active (an abundance of berries etc)! One of the best hikes in the park!

5 months ago

Good views of Pine Valley Canyon and waterfall

5 months ago

Did the trail last month! It was amazing scenery all the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic hike if you are looking for an afternoon or morning hike in Big Bend. There is an excellent view just a mile up or so at a saddle if you are in a big hurry, but the view from the top is even better. The hike starts with a light to moderate incline through pinyon pine forest before climbing some steeper switchbacks towards the end. In early March, temperatures were in the mid 70s with low humidity. It can get breezy since you are in a mountain gap however, so be prepared.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic hike through the forested north side of casa grande. The guide said you only need to hike about a mile to get one of the best views in the park and I couldnt agree more. Ended up going all the way to the top and enjoyed the rest of the hike but the views didnt get much better since some rain showers and fog made visibility drop considerably. Took about 3 hours round trip. 2 hours up and 1 hour to come down. My GPS showed the distance as 5 miles total

5 months ago

Great hike. Not too difficult. Bears reported but we didn’t see any.

hiking
5 months ago

Completed this trail in August 2018. It was our 1st time in Big Bend and the 1st hike we completed in the park. We began at 5pm and it took a couple of hours to complete. Afternoon clouds helped with the August heat and made it bearable. The gorgeous views begin as soon as you start the trail and never stop. We received word of a Mountain Lion at the top, but we continued on and never saw it. A beautiful hike! Must do when in BBNP!

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