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Lost Mine Trail

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 4.8 (88) 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 88 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
Casa Grande from the Lost Mine Trail
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX

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Aug 27, 2020
Norm Hagen
Hiked up with a beginner 12yr old hiker. Was a great hike very worth the journey at the top. We did it starting at 8:00am and the temps were perfect ! 5.3mi — 2h 33m
Jun 30, 2020
Dani Gauch
5mi — 2h 00m
Feb 29, 2020
Jen OReilly
Second favorite hike this trip. Parking sucks, that's why you gotta get there early. 4.8mi — 3h 30m
Feb 7, 2020
Dennis Chan
4.8mi — 1h 50m
Feb 2, 2020
DAIshi9999
Jan 15, 2020
Eric Lynch
Jan 11, 2020
Jeff G
4.8mi — 8h 00m
Jan 2, 2020
M Allen
2h 30m