Lost Horse Mine Trail Hike
Lost Horse Mine

Lost Horse Mine Trail Hike

Lost Horse Mine Hike in Joshua Tree National Park, California is a 4 mile, there and back, moderate hike with nice views, historic sites and a great story.

Finding Lost Horse Mine Trail

When in Joshua Tree National Park, head to Key’s view and approximately 2-1/2 miles in on the left hand side is Lost Horse Mine Road. It is a dirt road and easy to miss. The one mile road was washboarded and had a view divots to avoid, but was nice and compact. At the end of Lost Horse Mine drive is a small parking lot at the trail head.

Parking at Lost Horse Mine Trail Head
Parking at Lost Horse Mine Trail Head

Lost Horse Mine Trail has two hiking options, the full loop which is 6 miles or the “there and back” to the mine which is 4 miles total and approximately 400′ of elevation change. Check the signage to be sure you are at the right start point for the hike you prefer. While there find out the story behind the Lost Horse name.

Lost Horse Mine Hike Trailhead
Lost Horse Mine Hike Trailhead
Lost Horse Mine Trail Info Board
Look for the info board to start the 2 miles out to the mine.

The Trail

The trail has just enough elevation changes, varied walking surfaces, interesting rock formations, desert plants and open views to keep it interesting until you reach the mine.

Horse Mine Trail Hike
Horse Mine Trail Hike
Horse Mine Trail Hike
Horse Mine Trail Hike

Horse Mine Trail Historic Structures

Keep your eyes peeled along the trail for what appears to be the remains of stone structures. If you are not scanning the view while you walk, you may even miss the mine. It is slightly off the main trail, but you can follow smaller trails to get a closer look.

Structures along Horse Mine Trail
Structures along Horse Mine Trail
Structures along Horse Mine Trail
Structures along Horse Mine Trail
Lost Horse Mine
Lost Horse Mine
Lost Horse Mine
Lost Horse Mine

Lost Horse Mine Loop

Four miles was just right for us on this day, but we may return for the full 6 mile loop at sometime, there is still more to see!

Lost Horse Mine
Feeling accomplished after our hike!

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