California Deserts Visitor Information

Lost Horse Mine & Mountain Trail

Try this great starter hike for Joshua Tree National Park.

You get some good mountain views; follow an historic wagon road that leads to the most prosperous of Joshua Tree gold mines. The remains of which are kept behind a chain link fence for their protection.

Trailhead: Take the 10 towards Palm Springs and exit on the 62 heading North. Follow the 62 through the desert hamlets of Morongo, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree. From there you will see signs that tell you how far you are from the West entrance to the park. Turn right on Park and follow it to the entrance booth where you’ll pay an entrance fee that is good for one week in the park.

Drive about ten miles to Key’s View Road, turn right (just before Cap Rock) and follow it until you see a sign for Lost Horse Mine. Drive about a mile down the dirt road to the parking area.

  • Distance: 4.5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft
  • Hike Time: 2.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Condition: Fire road/pavement
  • HikeType: Out and Back


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