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Lost Mine Trail

Intermediate
 4.8 (110) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This 4.8 mile roundtrip route will take you to some stunning views overlooking the Chisos Mountains.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Out and Back

6,822' 2,079 m

High

5,773' 1,759 m

Low

1,057' 322 m

Up

1,057' 322 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Views · Wildlife

Smoking is prohibited on all trails in the Chisos Mountains.

Overview

This well maintained trail will place you at 2 different overlooks. Bring water and a good pair of shoes for the +1,000' climb to the top. The climb is worth the breathtaking views.

Description

This trail is perfect for anyone wanting to see what the Chisos Mountains have to offer without going on a full day journey. If you're looking for a shorter trip, just under half way up the trail is a great view point that offers spectacular views of Casa Grande and the Juniper Canyon. Keep trekking to the top and you'll find endless views of the Pine Canyon and Sierre del Carmen in Mexico. Passport is not required.

Be sure to pick up a trail tour brochure at the trailhead, as it outlines much of the local flora and fauna visible from the trail. It's also advised to bring lots of water due to the heat, high altitude and elevation gain. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top. What better way to soak up the views before heading back down the trail?

The trailhead is located at the 5.1 mile mark on the Basin Road. Parking is limited, so it's recommended that you arrive early. Bear-proof food storage containers are located at the parking lot near the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye out for black bear. You may also be lucky to spot a mountain lion, or a gray fox along Chisos Mountains trails. Carmen Mountain white-tailed deer, rock squirrels, whiptail lizards, spotted towhees, tufted titmice, and Mexican jays are also common in Big Bend.

Pick up a trail brochure, located at the trailhead for a tour of plant life as you mosey down the trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Caleb Joyce with improvements by Kris K

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 110 votes

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Photos

Lost Mine Trail looking south down Pine Canyon
Nov 21, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Lost on Lost Mine Trail
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
View from the top of the Lost Mine trail. Hey look, it's Mexico! No passport required!
Dec 15, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Beautiful rock formations litter the view at the top of the Lost Mine trail
Dec 15, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Casa Grande from the Lost Mine Trail
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
From the Chisos Mountains
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX

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May 13, 2022
Chad Gooch
Apr 30, 2022
Brian Burgi
5.7mi — 3h 02m
Apr 11, 2022
Trent Caldwell
Mar 26, 2022
Ford Hook
Mar 19, 2022
Jojo Figueroa
Mar 1, 2022
Nancy Ferri
Feb 25, 2022
Trevor Barnett
Super fun, great views across a gentle rising path. Lots of switchbacks make for an easy ascent — 2h 40m
Feb 12, 2022
Siran Wang