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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.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 1,099 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

No dogs

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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.

Texas Tourism Division, P.O. Box 12728 , Austin, TX, 78711-2728, Phone: 800-452-9292

Directions from Basin Road, TX: Travel until the mile marker 5

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Reviews (739)
Photos (804)
Recordings (469)
Completed (1591)
Riley Preston
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

A really beautiful trail! Nothing too difficult - I would say pretty easy. The beginning to middle is relatively easy with not much incline. The end is a bit of a push with lots of stairs and steps but it doesn’t last long at all. There is not a lot of shade so make sure to prepare for the sun and bring lots of water!

Vince Lewis
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Hiking

Incredible, beautiful trail. Had a chance to hike this one back in October, and the weather was perfect around that time. The views are even better; this is a must-do trail in Big Bend. In terms of difficulty, the switchbacks are pretty typical, but I wouldn’t recommend trying it in midday heat/sun. Bring lots of water and sunscreen, and take some breaks to enjoy the gorgeous views!

Susan Rudolph
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HikingRocky

Great hike with beautiful views throughout and an impressive vista at the end as a reward!

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Miguel Obregon
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Initially this trail can be deceiving since the start is mostly a depending. Nestled in between 2 mountains I would not suggest taking this one from 12pm -4pm due to direct exposure to the sun & 0 wind. The only time you will feel wind is at the actual window view. which is nice but very slippery due to the dried up water run off.

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Bradley Luster
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Sam Farson
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Hiking

Amazing views! And a relatively easy hike. Did the hike in the early morning would definitely recommend that!

Nick Wetzel
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Hiking

Favorite hike of the trip. Start early as the shade disappears as the sun rises. Uphill to the ridge top, then all downhill back to the trail head. Elevation gain is just over 1000 feet but was still a relatively easy hike. Views at the top are well worth the trip. Sun protection and water are a must.

Sofia Yankelevitch
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Hiking

Very hot Bring lots of water

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Mark Tyler
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Hiking

Best hike of the trip to Big Bend. We started up about 8:00am and we had shade for 95% of the way up. Great views at the ridge on top.

Rachel D.
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HikingScramble

My favorite hike in Big Bend by far! The views only get better as you go up and the plant life is so different than what you will find bellow the chisos. It is shaded for the most part, but also open to the sun the farther you go up the trail. The end is amazing, a giant rocky area that is wonderful to hang out and take in the incredible views from all sides! Be sure to bring a snack and plenty of water!

Alyssa Moore
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HikingRocky

Wow! What a view. My husband and I are kind of new to hiking so we found it a little challenging but the view at the end is worth every step.

Alan Johnson
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HikingNo shade

As the others say, you must go to the very end! invigorating hike, moderately challenging on the way up. easy going on the way down. we saw a deer near the top. beautiful views from the summit. lots of photo ops. give yourself 3 hours round trip and bring plenty of water / sunscreen.

Sheri Tomkiewicz
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HikingRocky

Nice moderate hike with amazing views!

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Aline Murillo
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Hiking

Must do hike in the Chisos Mountains area. Great chilly weather in the wintertime. Completed December 2016, January 2019

Teddy O'Connell
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Crystal Yahaira
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Hiking

Great trail!! Heavily wooded area. Perfect for the spring/fall hikes. Summer hikes would be awfully hot. The trail winded up vs just a steep incline. Beautiful view definitely worth it!

William Greening
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Hiking

Great trail, stunning views most of the way up and then of course at the final destination.

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Marcela Ramos
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Hiking

It was a very good and doable trail for a family hike. Highly recommend!

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Chris and Teresa Gee
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Hiking

Steep uphill but worth it in the end. Amazing view at the top. Plus it is cool to walk the ridge at the top of a mountain

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Danielle Olenych
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Hiking

Beautiful sweeping vistas all along the trail very doable hike for kids and family !

kacie newkirk
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Ryan Pevey
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Hiking

This trail is amazing. Start before dawn and hike using flashlights to see ridiculous sunrise views - and to make sure you snag a parking spot. The view from the top has to be in the top 3 in all of BBNP.

Emory Bartolazzi
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Hiking

Great trail with beautiful views. Best to get to the parking area early because parking goes quickly.

Brandy Gregory
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail with plenty of places to stop and take a photo. The trail is rocky and the wind is a factor during the first half. Take a sweater. Parking is limited. The very last .2 miles jumps to advanced with a steep hike.

Scott Lowrey
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Amy Stitt
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Hiking

Easy trail with big payoff. Wonderful place to watch the sunset. We were lucky enough to snag a parking spot later in the day, however, if we got there any earlier that likely wouldn’t be the case.

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