One section is all rock, another section is loose rock, and the last section was very fine rock or sand. The mine itself is fenced in, but there are other structures and tanks you can walk around and explore. The trail, which is a four-mile round-trip, follows the road developed by the Ryans to haul ore and supplies. The terrain is so varied. The mine can be accessed either by hiking the full 6.7 loop, or by a 4 mile out-and-back hike. Great hike up to the mine. J.D. We have gone both ways. Michelle Merckle 7 months, 4 weeks ago Quail Wash to Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail. With the creation of Joshua Tree National Monument in 1936, Lost Horse Mine came under the protection of the National Park Service. From the parking area a good trail leads uphill (west). My boyfriend and I hiked this trail this morning. 92277-3597. Lost Horse Mine loop takes you through the highs and lows of the Mojave Desert at Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. While many will finish the Lost Horse Mine Hike, turn around and double back down the trail to the parking lot, those skilled in backcountry navigation and with a wild hair should continue the half mile up to Lost Horse Mountain. Great trail. Once we got into the park, we drove for a bunch of miles to get to the trailhead. A wealthy rancher from Montana, J.D. Whitney in 2016 and thru-hiked The Colorado Trail. Got lost. The hike to the Lost Horse Mine starts at four thousand six hundred feet and ascends southeast along an old mine road to five thousand one hundred and twenty feet. I hate starting out cold, so I tend to overdress. Lots of Joshua trees, yuccas, and chipmunks. Ryan, bought out Johnny’s partners in 1895. Definitely user error. The 130-mile trip to deliver the gold and return with supplies took five days. It is highly recommend to climb the ridge behind the mine for an incredible view of Joshua Tree National Park. The Lost Horse Mine was the most successful mine in the area, producing over $5 million dollars (in today’s money) worth of gold and silver. Lang sold what Keys called “pure gold bullion” on several occasions during this time. The next year he found a steam-powered, ten-stamp mill somewhere near the Colorado River and had it dismantled and hauled to the mine site. did this trail reversed, the first two miles were a nice relaxed stroll through joshua trees, last 4 miles were fairly hilly with nice views of the valley. Beautiful day today. We arrived at 8am Sunday to find and empty parking lot. The ten-stamp mill and foundation of Lost Horse Mine stand at the end of a gradual 4-mile round trip trail. Trace a gentle trail into the rocks at Hidden Valley and Keys View, watch for the park’s reclusive wildlife, and experience the unique beauty of one America’s most remarkable national parks. The Lost Horse Mine Trail hike offers not only a peaceful trip to a neat mine that’s over 100 years old but also a great deal of natural beauty and diversity. The parking lot was nearly full when we finished around 11am. While the Lost Horse site has been stabilized, it is still not safe to walk on. The trail will ungulate up and down along the side of the hill as it heads towards the old mine. The access road is not paved, but any vehicle should be able to navigate it. A long interval of the trail … As long-time resident William F. Keys, told the story, Johnny Lang and his father drove their herd of cattle into the Lost Horse Valley in 1890, when there was “nothing but cattle and Indians.” Johnny told Keys that they had moved west after his brother and six other cowboys were gunned down in New Mexico. After filing their claim, they set up a two-stamp mill and began processing gold. Our first hike of the day was the Lost Horse Mine Loop. The trailhead didn't have many cars. 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