Lost Mine Trail

Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park: Address, Lost Mine Trail Reviews: 5/5

Lost Mine Trail
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Five-miles round-trip, this trail is fairly easy compared with many other hikes in the park.
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Mitch M
Plano, TX11 contributions
Family
We went during the week after Christmas and the park was pretty crowded. Tried to go at 10:30 but was stopped in a queue of cars at the street to go up. The ranger said it would probably be a few hours to wait for a parking spot and it is better to get there by 8:00 am so we left and did the Mule’s Ear and Santa Elena trails instead that day attempt again the following day.

The next morning we got there around 7:15 or so and found a parking spot fairly easily but noticed there weren’t very many.

The views of the surrounding mountains were particularly spectacular with the sun coming up. I got the app PeakAdvisor for my phone and it was fun using it to identify the surrounding peaks. (Unfortunately the free version only allows you to do that in one location a day).

The hike up is steep in some places but overall easy if you’re in good shape. My son did not break a sweat as the temperature was perfect at that time (50 but dry).. I’m over 60 and not athletic and I didn’t find it very difficult either. However, I don’t have any joint or mobility challenges yet. I can see it would be much more difficult if you do because there are some places with tall, steep steps.

After we came back down we noticed the rangers giving out tickets to cars parking on the shoulder so don’t be tempted.

This trail was well worth going back for.
Written December 30, 2020
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Bronna L
New York City, NY28 contributions
We arrived at 6:30AM because there is very limited parking at the trailhead. We had our breakfast in the car and started off on the trail as the sun just began to rise. The lighting on the surrounding mountains was gorgeous and made for an extra special hike. It was also cool at that hour on the switchbacks, another plus. When we got to the top, we were alone for a little bit and had incredible views and photos. Enjoyed scrambling atop the boulders and it's a great place for lunch or a snack. By the time we descended, there were lots of people coming up. It seemed for them a bit harder in the heat of the day. We saw beautiful blue Mexican Jays on the way down as well. This was a great hike, not too long or challenging but the scenic rewards were great!!
Written March 11, 2022
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LUchicago
Chicago440 contributions
The Park's informational newspaper that is given to visitors once they pay their entrance fee, The Paisano, rates this hike as Moderate. There is a gain of 1100 feet over the 2.4 mile hike to the end. (4.8 miles RT), however, the gain is mostly very gradual through multiple switchbacks, with just a few areas that are a bit steeper. But it is very doable for anyone in moderate shape. We were delighted when we realized we actually were looking down on the Window! The views are stunning. Take a snack and sit for awhile....we did not want to leave.
Written February 23, 2020
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Luke
Franklin, TN36 contributions
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We got started at about 10am and took our sweet time. It took about 3 hours of actively moving with several picture breaks between. There is quite a bit of shade so the heat really wasn’t too bad. If you don’t want to go all the way up, there were several good views less than a mile into hike. I would say we are moderately experienced and the only thing that’s tough about the hike is the last stretch of the switchbacks.
Written August 1, 2022
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,206 contributions
This was the first hike we did at Big Bend National Park and it really wowed us! We were staying in Alpine so it was a long 2 hour drive to parking. We arrived around 8:40 am on Friday, October 29 and the small lot which holds 15 cars were pretty full already. Only noticed 5 empty spots left. There is another curve area next to it that holds 5 cars. So in total, 20 parking spots are available. Due to the limited parking, it also allows for few hikers on this trail.

The weather was nice and cool and it was perfect hiking weather. We started with a light jacket and winter hat and a bit up the trail we had to shed a layer.

Lost Mine Trail is 4.8 miles roundtrip with 1131 feet of elevation gain. I wouldn't say it was hard. The elevation gain was pretty gradual. We got to the top at around 10 am. At the beginning of the trail, there was a sign warning of black bears and mountain lions. Luckily we did not see either. We hiked close to 2 groups in front and behind us. We did see a huge tarantula on the way down.

At the top, there were a few people there. The view really opens up and is really amazing. After around 30 minutes enjoying the view and taking pictures, we made our way down and back to the car at 11:45 am. By then, the parking was completely full. I would have liked to stay longer but we still had the Window Trail we wanted to do.

This really is an amazing hike! Get there early for a parking spot. The other alternative is to try late afternoon.
Written November 8, 2021
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Rhonda A
South Portland, ME1,024 contributions
Friends
We enjoyed every trail we did in Big Bend but this almost 5 mile hike up and back was our favorite. The views are simply spectacular. If I can recommend anything is to get there early. Parking is limited at the trailhead. Also in October, though chilly at 8:00am, you warm up quickly so you will be happy to hike up in the shade. The hike up is primarily switchbacks (which makes it an easier downhill as well) so doable for me at 60. There was not a moment in this hike without great views. Make sure you keep walking across the rocks to get to the very top with amazing vistas. This is a must do in the Park.
Written October 18, 2020
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Katie
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Lost Mine Trail- AMAZING VIEWS the whole way up and down. I've seen a lot of reviews suggesting to get there early because theres limited parking and it fills up fast. Well...I decided to go in the evening for the sunset. It was great! There was only 1 other car in the lot when I arrived. I pretty much had the whole trail and peak all to myself. So peaceful and beautiful. Yes- because its June, it was very hot but totally worth it if you don't mind working up a good sweat. Just bring a lot of water (1-2 liters).
Written June 20, 2022
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,669 contributions
This hike was our favorite of the ones we did at Big Bend. It's moderately difficult, about 2.5 miles up and then the return for about 5 miles total. It was not usually steep, just consistent incline. At the very top the trail was mostly replaced by walking across open granite, but it was always obvious where to go.

It took us a little over an hour to get to the top of the trail, and we found a nice spot to enjoy a picnic lunch there, followed by about an hour down, so around 3 hours total for the hike at a relatively brisk pace.

Parking for this hike is difficult, the trailhead only has 10 or so spots in it. We arrived around 11 and found it full, but were able to wait, and someone returned to their car after about 10 minutes and we could use that spot. When we returned around 2 PM there were multiple open spots available.
Written November 27, 2020
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Gafilpoo
Bluffton, OH438 contributions
This is a great half day hike. Mostly up, but not strenuous. The top can be cold and windy in the winter, but it's still a lot more comfortable than a mid-summer temperature. Take water whenever you hike it. The view from the top is exceptional.
Written February 11, 2022
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gregaustex
Austin, TX274 contributions
The window hike and this hike were our favorites of the trip. We arrived at the trail head before dawn to make sure we had parking. The hike is moderate and very windy at the top. Temperatures for us were in the 30's and low 40's in late March.
Written May 27, 2022
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