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Review of Lost Horse Mine

Lost Horse Mine
Reviewed March 21, 2012

The loop offered great wild life views if you go in the quiet of the week. Humming birds, squirrels, Desert rat, Jack rabbits and Blue birds so bright they look out of place. The climb to the lookout frames Big Bear snow caps in the background.

Thank Kevin300762
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

If you do this, do the six plus miles loop. other mines along the path and chimney's on the only path in and out show its a long path in the old days. The view from the top opens onto the desert floor.

1  Thank Kevin300762
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

The Lost Horse Mine Trail in Joshua Tree National Park is the kind of trail that is appropriate for a wide range of hikers. The four-mile trail’s elevation gains are sloped gently enough so as not to overwhelm novice hikers, while still being challenging enough to hold the attention of experienced hikers (especially if they add on the 2.2-mile spur loop). However, after having hiked the trail with my wife, I think a couple words of warning are in order:

WARNING #1: This trail is rated “moderate,” which can be misleading to the uninitiated. Keep in mind that this is still a hike, not a casual stroll. The trail is rocky in places and fully exposed to the elements throughout, and while the upward slope of the trail isn’t terribly severe, it can seem unrelenting at times. Sunscreen, adequate water and sturdy shoes with thick soles are a must here (and at other hiking trails throughout the park). As my wife and I were on our return leg of the hike, we came across a number of couples and small parties were clearly struggling because they were unprepared for the conditions and terrain.

WARNING #2: Once you reach the trail summit, you’ll find that the Lost Horse Mine is surrounded by a chain link fence. You were evidently once able to get a very close-up view of the mine, but in recent years the fence was erected to protect the integrity of the mine (and mindless tourists from themselves). It’s an understandable precaution, but it can be disappointing, especially to photographers. Still, it’s an interesting site to see and there are areas nearby where you can sit down and rest while you watch the chipmunks frolic.

So, the bottom line is that if you’re adequately prepared you should enjoy the subtle beauty of Joshua Tree NP while hiking along this trail.

Thank BruinDan
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

The loop trail had some scary moments, but the second half was easy and interesting, lots of relics to see.

Thank SoCalRambler
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

if you're taking a trip to Joshua Tree Park. This trail leads to an abandoned mine, just don't try and get in! It's incredibly dangerous.

2  Thank Tyrel C
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