Lost Horse Mine Loop
ElevationAscent: 716' 218 m
Descent: -559' -170 m
High: 5,086' 1,550 m
Low: 4,570' 1,393 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A nice trail to one of Joshua Tree's most famous gold mines.”— James Kaiser
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 Guide to Joshua Tree National Park.
Land Manager: NPS - Joshua Tree National Park