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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

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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.

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rocky
5 days ago

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7 days ago

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!

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11 days ago

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

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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14 days ago

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

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scramble
14 days ago

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17 days ago

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.

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19 days ago

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

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rocky
21 days ago

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.

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rocky
22 days ago

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25 days ago

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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27 days ago

Beautiful

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29 days ago

We absolutely loved this hike. It is a little steep at the very beginning, but fairly easy after that. Plenty of places to stop off for a rest if you need to. We only made it about 1 mile out because of time, but the views were worth it. Made our trip to Big Bend NP.

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

My favorite trail I did in the park! It is worth ever single switchback!

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1 month ago

So glad I went early, just after sunrise. By the time I left the mountain it was very crowded and there was a line hoping to park in the lot.

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1 month ago

Fun hike; not difficult, but a lot of wind!

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1 month ago

Great trail! Views at the top were wonderful.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with lots of views. You can get a pretty good sunrise view at the top (not directly) and it will also make sure you get parking. Every other time we drove by it the parking was full.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Awesome day hike trail. As others have said, parking lot fills up fast and you can’t park on the side of the road, only in the parking spots. But a nice climb up top to a wonderful view of the basin. Trail wasn’t too crowded but I’d see another party every 5 minutes or so. Great introduction into the Chisos Basin trail system. For the best views, I’d try to make it to the South Rim or the East Rim but that will require much much more mileage. For true day hikers, this is a great trail.

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2 months ago

Make sure you get all the way to the end because it's worth it! Follow the ridge!

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2 months ago

Shorter trail that gets to the same elevation as Pinnacle. More traffic on trail but good if you don’t have as much time.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views. Not tons of parking so get there early.

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2 months ago

Great trail with spectacular views of the landscape below on both sides. If you can only do one trail when you go to Big Bend this is the one I recommend. The only thing I would consider is to go early because parking at the trailhead is extremely limited. We got there at 7:00 when the sun had just come up and had no trouble parking. When we got back down the trail at 10:00 or so it was completely full. This is a very doable trail for all hiking levels. There are a group of switchbacks towards the end but they are fairly gradual and easy to manage. This was a great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent! Pretty doable for many skill levels.

muddy
2 months ago

We caught this trail after a storm came through the evening before, so it was very muddy in places. Views from the top will be spectacular on a non-cloudy day, which we were not blessed with. Trail is well maintained and hike is challenging, but not exhausting.

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rocky
2 months ago

Really great trail. If you can go all the way, the first view you see is the view until the last little bit at the top when you come up over the other side for a different view. Both really great views, but if you aren’t planning to go to the end, don’t push yourself to see more. It’s the same up until the very last little bit. I would hike this again.

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2 months ago

Wonderful trail. Steady gain in altitude and beautiful views pretty much the entire way. We did this in the morning and that is probably the best time for the lighting.

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