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Lost Horse Mine

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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Right distance hike!

Always looking for a hike that meets several criteria, (1) ends in an interesting destination, (2) long enough to be great exercise but not exhaust you completely say 2 to 5... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
northernneckinn
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Tappahannock, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We hiked the loop trail (6.2 miles) which was a lot of steep up and down for the first half. A narrow trail heads up the hill to the old mining equipment and building foundations...a great place for a snack. The last half of the trail was mostly flat in a large wash area where we liked through a Joshua... More 

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Thank Kim C
Tappahannock, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Always looking for a hike that meets several criteria, (1) ends in an interesting destination, (2) long enough to be great exercise but not exhaust you completely say 2 to 5 miles, (3) does not overdo elevation gain and make it too strenuous say 500 ft elevation over 2 miles or 10,000 ft or around 5% overall. List Horse Mine... More 

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2 Thank northernneckinn
Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

The loop is about 6 miles, with the mine about 2 miles in. Actual mine isn't super impressive, but the hike is a good one. We did see a big horn sheep on the mountain, which was awesome. Highly recommend this hike, I would repeat it on my next visit to Joshua Tree. Six mile loop took us about 3... More 

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2 Thank tazman1099
New Haven, Indiana, United States
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

This definitely wasn't my favorite hike, it was long, dusty and not much to look at until you get to the mine. If your looking for scenery, I would suggest skipping this hike.

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Thank Traci H
Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

I'll be the first to say I'm out of shape. Could stand to lose about 100 lbs and have a BMI of 4000 or so but I can still run 1/4 mile carrying 25lbs of gear for work so I'm not totally dead yet. I had hiked this trail about 15 years ago, when I was much younger, lighter, yada... More 

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Summary for the longer 6+ mile loop trail: --get to the parking lot at the trailhead early. By the time we got back to the lot it was full and there's no overflow parking --requires actual hiking boots, though trail running shoes might be ok. --loop trail goes through a lot of sand, which slows things down somewhat --many wildflowers... More 

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Thank Richard H
Wilmette, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Hiked to the Lost Horse Mine. Beautiful trail amid hills with great views of the park and surrounding area. A few other people on the trail, but not busy. Only issue was we couldn't use the bathroom at the trailhead because there was a wasp nest in it!

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Thank Malia Z
Malibu, California
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1,073 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 448 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016

This is an easy hike...relatively flat and only about 4 miles. Past some great scenery ending at lost horse mine. This is a relatively mild hike that anyone can do without any particular strength or conditioning. The mine is so neat. Imagine how they hauled and then installed the mining equipment...And of course, hauled out the product. Lots of fun... More 

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1 Thank SanMo
Malibu, California
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Reviewed 26 February 2016

Its a 6.5 mile loop. It takes you around and past several mining sites, a cabin with only a chimney and rusted bed frame and finally lost horse mine. Trail is generally easy to follow but can get kinda sketchy in a couple places. Just pay attention and walk another 20 ft or so and you'll find trail markers

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1 Thank SanMo
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

The hike is pretty basic, it is an out an back hike - you CAN do a loop and take the 6.2 mile hike, but there is not much to see so we skipped it. The stone crushing machine was cool though but the mine shafts were closed. Dogs are NOT permitted on any trails in Joshua Tree park, but... More 

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