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.
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.
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 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.
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!