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Lost Mine Trail

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Five-miles round-trip, this trail is fairly easy compared with many other hikes in the park.
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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The small parking lot gets full quickly, so get there early. It's a nice trail, not too bad up, and really easy on the way down. There's a great vista halfway up, my boyfriend and I stopped to eat an apple and drink water there, loved the silence we got to enjoy before a family came to rest close by.... More

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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61 attraction reviews
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Hiked this trail in May (hot) and suggest starting early when the temperatures are pleasant. Also, the parking lot is very small and fills up. The trail has lots of shade and wooded areas which makes it very different from the other trails in the park. Lots of interesting cactus, wild flowers, birds, shade trees, rock formations, and of course... More

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TX
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

What you will find at the trail head for this hike is a very small parking lot, so I suggest getting their early so as to get a spot. We did this hike when it was in the 70's, so we didn't have to worry about the heat, but I would say this would be a good hike to do... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Some of the views after the first mile are comparable to what you'll see on Big Bend's famed South Rim hike, since both trail look into the same canyon. Lost Mine Trail has the added benefit of being a nature trail, so, with the purchase of the $1 booklet, you can learn about the attractions you're seeing at the same... More

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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Beautiful views along this trail, especially at the end. Uphill the entire first half, but not difficult. It is rocky, but well-maintained. There are many different types of cactus along the way and the nature guide is worth the $1 to learn about the trees.

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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128 reviews 128 reviews
20 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

You usually have to hike much steeper and longer trails for the views gained on this hike. Well worth it. Get there in time to eat lunch at the top... perfect spot!

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Los Angeles, California
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772 reviews 772 reviews
375 attraction reviews
312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Get an early start on the lovely hike and you'll beat the crowds. We started about 8am (late March) and we didn't see another soul until we were halfway down. Borrow or buy a trail guide and enjoy the points of interest along the way. We enjoyed the summit and hiked back down. At the trailhead we saw a tarantula,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

This was one of the most beautiful hikes that I've ever done. It wasn't particularly strenuous and had a pretty steady elevation gain. I kept waiting for the trail to get steeper but it never did. If you're not in good shape, I would still highly recommend the trail even if you only take it to the one mile mark... More

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Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I started as soon as it got light to beat the crowds. This is a hike of more than 3.5 miles one way, ascending 1,000 feet up. It's considered a moderately challenging hike, but I certainly did my share of huffing and puffing. At the top, I realized how worth it the whole thing was. On this misty morning, a... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This hike is moderately strenuous. Pretty steady incline all the way up. It doesn't take long to reach the first amazing view. On the left there is a sort of window through the mountains. Not too much later there is one of the most beautiful sights I saw in the park. It's just huge mountain after mountain in the distance.... More

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