Lost Horse Mine, Joshua Tree National Park

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  • May 17, 2017
    We have made our afternoon on the way. The Sun was indeed already deep, but still pretty much power. Moreover that the trail marked as 'moderate' nearly constant uphill and you have to go over hill and Dale. Shadow courts are hardly present. Sturdy shoes and enough beverages are a must! There were also hardly any other hikers. Once at the top you get rewarded with views and the mine. Now, you can decide whether it goes the way back (then it is gone about 4 miles) or the loop fully continues (about 6 miles). Even if only once not bad sounds in the distance must one keep in mind that the road is not flat! We have him back again. Was fun, it was but also glad again salvation the car arrived at to be :). Definitely not when the sun goes down, be still on the way!
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  • May 2, 2017
    The Ballad is not very interesting, and there are so many other things to see in this park...
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  • April 22, 2017
    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...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    Beautiful, historical mine. It's quite a long hike until there (I would say a bit less than 2 miles), on a well-marked trail. Bring enough water and suncream. The mine itself was operated until 1936, and is a landmark-ed example of small-scale western mining technology. It is hazardous and thus closed to the public, but the view on the mine is unaltered by the fence
  • May 27, 2017
    Nice easy hike on well marked trail.
  • February 12, 2017
    A great hike in an inhospitable environment, with a bit of history of the modern western settlers.
  • July 2, 2016
    Such a great hike but very hot!!! Bring lots of water and some snacks. It's a great place to explore once you get there but there is absolutely zero shade the entire time.
  • July 2, 2016
    A very nice hike that culminates with an old-timey gold mine.

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Where to stay in Joshua Tree National Park

If you want to spend the night in Joshua Tree National Park, grab a tent and head for one of the numerous campgrounds scattered throughout the park. Some campgrounds feature a reservation system while others operate on a first-come, first-served basis. A couple also provide potable water, but most do not. To sleep on a mattress and pillow with a roof over your head, stay in one of the towns surrounding the park. The towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms offer a number of inns and motels in a tranquil desert setting. West of the park, the options expand into the resort area of Palm Springs. Here you'll find everything from high-end spas and resorts to chain hotels, small inns, and bed and breakfasts. The park is situated about two hours from Los Angeles (if there's no traffic), making a day trip from the city another possibility.
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