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Lost Horse Mine Loop

Intermediate
 4.1 (29) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice trail to one of Joshua Tree's most famous gold mines.


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6.4

Miles

10.4

KM

Loop

5,075' 1,547 m

High

4,571' 1,393 m

Low

664' 202 m

Up

679' 207 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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Overview

A great option if you're looking for a bit of history on your hike.

Description

The trail to Lost Horse Mine starts at the end of Lost Horse Mine Road. Follow an old abandoned mining road two miles to reach the crumbling remains of Lost Horse Mine. Between 1894 and 1942 the mine produced over 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver. Today the mine is surrounded by a chain link fence to protect visitors from the dangerous, open mine shafts.

Beyond Lost Horse Mine the trail climbs Lost Horse Mountain, where you can enjoy terrific views from the 5,313-foot (1,619-meter) summit. After a short, steep descent you'll pass a stone chimney that marks the remains of Optimist Mine (which never produced any gold). From the Optimist Mine follow a sandy wash back to the parking area.

Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Joshua Tree, check out his .

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James Kaiser

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The fading ruins of Lost Horse Mine.
Jun 9, 2016 near Sky Valley, CA
Dodge the Joshua Trees.
May 21, 2016 near Sky Valley, CA
Lost Horse Mine.
Jun 10, 2016 near Sky Valley, CA

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Mar 1, 2021
Tom Herr
Wonderful hike through the hills and mountains of the Mojave desert. Climbed up to the old mine and enjoyed the relaxing hike around the loop. 6.4mi
Feb 20, 2021
Amy Pahlen
Jan 26, 2021
Nicole Wright
7.3mi
Jan 8, 2021
Kev pat
10h 48m
Jan 5, 2021
Lou Hibbard
With Janelle. Some nice hill hiking. Saw Loggerhead Shrike 6.4mi
Oct 10, 2020
Michael Judge
Took a stop to see the Lost Horse Mine. 6.7mi — 2h 15m
Oct 5, 2020
Keith Connor
Spent a little time at the mine but enjoyed the latter half of the loop the most; nice stand of large Joshuah Trees - saw a number of quail and liz… 6.4mi — 2h 40m
Sep 19, 2020
Kendra Nerad