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Lost Mine Trail

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 4.8 (94) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This 4.8 mile roundtrip route will take you to some stunning views overlooking the Chisos Mountains.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Out and Back

6,822' 2,079 m

High

5,773' 1,759 m

Low

1,057' 322 m

Up

1,057' 322 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Views · Wildlife

Smoking is prohibited on all trails in the Chisos Mountains.

Overview

This well maintained trail will place you at 2 different overlooks. Bring water and a good pair of shoes for the +1,000' climb to the top. The climb is worth the breathtaking views.

Description

This trail is perfect for anyone wanting to see what the Chisos Mountains have to offer without going on a full day journey. If you're looking for a shorter trip, just under half way up the trail is a great view point that offers spectacular views of Casa Grande and the Juniper Canyon. Keep trekking to the top and you'll find endless views of the Pine Canyon and Sierre del Carmen in Mexico. Passport is not required.

Be sure to pick up a trail tour brochure at the trailhead, as it outlines much of the local flora and fauna visible from the trail. It's also advised to bring lots of water due to the heat, high altitude and elevation gain. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top. What better way to soak up the views before heading back down the trail?

The trailhead is located at the 5.1 mile mark on the Basin Road. Parking is limited, so it's recommended that you arrive early.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for black bear. You may also be lucky to spot a mountain lion, or a gray fox along Chisos Mountains trails. Carmen Mountain white-tailed deer, rock squirrels, whiptail lizards, spotted towhees, tufted titmice, and Mexican jays are also common in Big Bend.

Pick up a trail brochure, located at the trailhead for a tour of plant life as you mosey down the trail.

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Caleb Joyce

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  4.8 from 94 votes

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Photos

Lost Mine Trail looking south down Pine Canyon
Nov 21, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Lost on Lost Mine Trail
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
View from the top of the Lost Mine trail. Hey look, it's Mexico! No passport required!
Dec 15, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Beautiful rock formations litter the view at the top of the Lost Mine trail
Dec 15, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
From the Chisos Mountains
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Out West - Lost Mines Trail
Jan 11, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX

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Feb 18, 2021
Charlie Hueber
Feb 6, 2021
Jim Anger
Feb 5, 2021
denise larson
Jan 22, 2021
Jon Novak
Might be the best in the park. Get there early, parking is very limited. Great sights of the Chisos from above. 4.6mi — 2h 00m
Jan 14, 2021
Jamey Smith
Dec 27, 2020
Yifeng Zhang
Dec 10, 2020
Raini Blackwell