These bricks were carried to Banning every week, concealed in a 16-horse freight wagon. I don’t mind going up hill but it definitely would have been a much easier hike tackling it counter clockwise. No trouble following the path the whole way around (clockwise). Beautiful trail, beautiful park. The summit stands at … Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. Unlike less fortunate nearby efforts, Lost Horse Mine was one of the few mineral speculations in Joshua Tree National Park to be productive. National Park Service 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. To provide steam for the mill, Ryan ran a two-inch pipeline 3.5 miles, from wells at his ranch to an earth and stone reservoir near the mill. We ran a lot of it since it was pretty flat. ... She climbed Mt. The plug was then covered with fill to protect it from UV damage and a wooden replica of the shaft collar was constructed. The trailhead is located off Keys View Road. Mine shafts … The Lost Horse Mine trailhead is reached by an unpaved, mile long side track forking off the road through Lost Horse Valley to Keys View. The booming of the ten 850-pound stamps could be heard echoing across the valley 24 hours a day as the ore was crushed. Johnny Lang https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/lost-horse-mine 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. A couple of rock formations will dot the plane. Went counter clockwise great hike took 3 hours. Nice hike through varied scenery. The mine can be accessed either by hiking the full 6.7 loop, or by a 4 mile out-and-back hike. A long interval of the trail … An exception is the Lost Horse Mine, which produced more than 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver (worth approximately $5 million today) between 1894 and 1931. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Breathtaking views from the mountain just past the mine, so be sure to head on just a little further if you were doing an out and back. Lost Horse Mine Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail Ryan Ranch Trail Juniper Flats Keys View Paved road Backcountry registration Featured trail 0 0 1 Kilometer 1 Mile North Hiking trail Unpaved road 4585 5120 Vertical Exaggeration 5.0X Feet Lost Horse Loop Trail National Park Service Joshua Tree National Park. Keys goes on to say that Johnny met up with a man named “Dutch” Frank who told of also being threatened by the McHaneys. The trail, which is a four-mile round-trip, follows the road developed by the Ryans to haul ore and supplies. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Lost Horse Mine Loop, located in Joshua Tree National Park, California. Lang sold what Keys called “pure gold bullion” on several occasions during this time. US$177.67 per adult. My sister and I had other plans afterward so we decided on just hiking to the mine and back. Definitely want to check the weather before you go because it’s all sun. Note: The main road to the trailhead may close during snowy weather. A beautiful hike. There is a nice variety of scenery throughout the hike, expansive views towards the east after the mine, lots of interesting flora and fauna throughout the hike. Not very crowded, passed a few trail runners. Mine shafts are dangerous, and historic structures are easily damaged. Either way, do yourself a favor and do the entire loop. Two months later, Keys found his body and buried him across from the access road to the mine. The loop hike wraps around Lost Horse Mountain … The Lost Horse Mine and Mountain Trail is a great hike offering something for every hiking enthusiast. We arrived at 8am Sunday to find and empty parking lot. During the last 15 years, the 500 foot mine shaft, with horizontal tunnels at each 100 foot level, began to collapse. A view along Lost horse Mine Trail, near the mine site, Joshua Tree NP, California, showing part of the trail hiked to get to the mine site. 92277-3597. There is no shade (like most of Joshua Tree) and I wouldn’t want to do this hike when it’s hot out. My boyfriend and I hiked this trail this morning. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. The next image was shot from the hill behind the mine, with the trail in view. It was sunny and in the 50s when I went. Getting to the Gold Ryan gave Lang a choice: sell out or go to jail. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. Go the opposite way for more challenge. At point [2] the Lost Horse Mine, leave the main path and go uphill (north), above the fence, on trail(s) leading to the summit [3]. Beyond Lost Horse Mine the trail climbs Lost Horse Mountain, where you can enjoy terrific views from the 5,313-foot (1,619-meter) summit. (The latter was removed for safety reasons.) As the take from the mines in the Sierras petered out, miners fanned out into the deserts. Twentynine Palms, CA In addition, there are a couple of people walking on the trail … Apparently, Johnny Lang wasn’t satisfied with his share of the earnings though. Make sure to visit Murbachi's website, JoshuaTree3d.com for some great pictures of this hike, and many others as well. Gorgeous landscape, clean trail. During one of the mine’s dormant phases, Lang returned and set up residence in the cookhouse. Cool stops along the way to look at abandoned equipment! We have gone both ways. 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. J.D. One can do a longer version, resulting in about a 6 mile hike, climbing a steeper, narrower loop from the mine back to the parking area. “Puffing” the Mine One night, while camped in the Lost Horse Valley, the Langs’s horses disappeared. Lost Horse Mine Hike Lost Horse Mine is very remote. I followed the signs and went clockwise. The scenery is the star on the last part of the Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail. 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. The Lost Horse Mine continued producing until 1905, when the miners hit a fault line and forever lost the ore-bearing vein. The parking lot was nearly full when we finished around 11am. A plastic foam product called PUF (polyurethane foam), similar to the material used for home insulating, was injected into the hole to provide a stabilizing plug. Great trail, easy to follow 99% of the time. 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. Did the trail clockwise at a leisurely place in 3 hours. But a few hardy adventurers persevered and about 300 mines were developed in what is now Joshua Tree National Park—although few were good producers. When the story of the Lost Horse Mine is told, it sounds like a western campfire tale: gun slinging cowboys, cattle rustlers, horse thieves, the lure of gold, and a sticky-fingered miner. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. Keys said they told Johnny his horses weren’t there and to leave the area. Also from what we read, the most interesting part of the trail is the first two miles to the mine anyway (if you do the loop clockwise). Nice views! It is also a scenic adventure into Joshua Tree National Park. On the summit enjoy the great panorama of the park below. Even before the California Gold Rush of 1849, prospectors were finding gold in southern California. The gold particles clung to the mercury and the debris washed away. A great hike with challenges and periods of coasting. Heating the water at both the ranch and the mill required a lot of wood, and the results of the timbering can be seen today in the sparsely vegetated hillsides at both sites. Ryan, bought out Johnny’s partners in 1895. Lang sold, then moved into a nearby canyon where he continued to prospect. 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. Lost Horse is also a popular destination for visitors looking for a moderate hike. The ten-stamp mill and foundation of Lost Horse Mine stand at the end of a gradual 4-mile round trip trail. Great trail, moderately challenging. Hiking the Lost Horse Mine Trail is an exploration into history. The trailhead is located off Keys View Road. 74485 National Park Drive According to local legend, the McHaney Gang were cattle rustlers. Lost Horse Mine is one the best-preserved gold mines found in Joshua Tree National Park and is one of the park's highlights. Along this ridgeline you will start to have fantastic views down to the left, of Pleasant Valley. Definitely user error. This trail has it all and you don't want to miss out on these panoramic desert views. We bought sunglasses! Next morning Johnny tracked them to the McHaney brothers’ camp near today’s Keys Ranch. One section is all rock, another section is loose rock, and the last section was very fine rock or sand. Between 1894 and 1931, the mine produced 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver. The mine itself is fenced in, but there are other structures and tanks you can walk around and explore. Extra tip: Once you get to the mine scramble up the mountain to see a view of all of Joshua tree National Park. The trailhead didn't have many cars. In the winter of 1925, sickly and unable to walk out for help, Johnny Lang died of exposure along Keys View Road. The mine is worth seeing. The mine was leased to others or left dormant until 1931, when rising gold prices prompted the processing of 600 tons of tailings (unprocessed chunks of leftover ore) with cyanide, producing a few hundred ounces of gold. Directions: Hike #16 in guide book, Lost Horse Mine Loop Today we were more prepared. Michelle Merckle 7 months, 4 weeks ago Quail Wash to Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail. Water added to the crushed rock made a slurry, which washed over copper plates covered with a thin film of mercury. At point [2] the Lost Horse Mine, leave the main path and go uphill (north), above the fence, on trail(s) leading to the summit [3]. Lost Horse Mine Trail is an easy trail about a 4 mile round trip and only 480 feet elevation gain from the parking lot to the mine site. I hate hiking.’ And I can’t handle elevation. The main trail is clearly visible, head towards the trail (south), on the trail head downhill going south to southeast. 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. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. I wore a short sleeve wool shirt, a long sleeve wool shirt, and my puffy. Once we got into the park, we drove for a bunch of miles to get to the trailhead. Enjoy!! Moderate Hike uphill mostly up to 2mile, but worth it all the way, such unique Rocks and beautiful cactus. dfurry 6 months, 1 week ago Lost horse mine. While the Lost Horse site has been stabilized, it is still not safe to walk on. This is a 6.3 mile loop hike with 1200 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 3-5 hours to complete. The trail takes a short (0.8 mile) but steep (350 ft) climb from the chimney to a prominent saddle overlooking Lost Horse Mine. The amalgam of mercury and gold was smelted to separate the two metals. Parking lot was near empty when I arrived around 7, but full and people waiting to park when I finished at 11. Did the loop today went clockwise. The loop trail wraps around the southwestern flank of Lost Horse Mountain. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/lost-horse-mine-trail--4 Joshua Tree National Park Geology OHV Tour Road, California Riding and Hiking Trail: Keys View Road to Pinto Basin Road, Hidden Valley Campground to Barker Dam Nature Trail, Wall Street Mill and Wonderland Wash Loop. Great trail. Note the hiker on the trail. With the creation of Joshua Tree National Monument in 1936, Lost Horse Mine came under the protection of the National Park Service. The Lost Horse Mine is one of the best-preserved stamp mills in Southern California, one that has weathered the harsh elements that are prevalent in a desert location. This mine was one of the most productive in the Joshua Tree National Park area. 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. According to Keys, Lang had hidden his stolen amalgam at the mill site and, unable to get to it before Ryan ran him off, had returned to retrieve his stash. Hotels near Lost Horse Mine: (0.00 mi) Belle Campground (8.45 mi) Spin and Margie's Desert Hideaway (9.27 mi) Desert Lily (8.74 mi) Jumbo Rocks Campground (9.41 mi) 29 Palms Inn; View all hotels near Lost Horse Mine on Tripadvisor Small parking lot keeps the crowds moderate, but can make it hard to find a spot on busy days (Thanksgiving for us.). Johnny and his father bought the rights to the mine for $1000 and called it Lost Horse. With time, the wooden portions of the cabins and the headframe of the mill collapsed. Lots of Joshua trees, yuccas, and chipmunks. Most headed in counter clockwise I realized why when I hit the great incline!! Great hike, slightly rocky, no shade, but relatively gradual elevation gain. Clockwise, from the trailhead starting at the parking lot, is the easier direction. Lost Horse is also a popular destination for visitors looking for a moderate hike. There is also a longer more strenuous loop for those wishing … I hate starting out cold, so I tend to overdress. A wealthy rancher from Montana, J.D. Here hot summers, scarce water, limited wood sources, and the difficulty and high cost of transporting equipment and provisions created a challenging environment in which to operate a mine. Mid week only a few people on the track. The Lost Horse Mine and Mill complex are part of the larger cultural landscape, representative of mining history in the area. Great trail. Recommend doing counter clockwise. 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. There’s one desert area where it seems like their are multiple spin offs but it’s pretty easy to get your bearings. Thanks for coming along! As the story goes, the day shift was producing an amalgam the size of a baseball while the night shift, supervised by Lang, recovered a mere golf ball. The access road is not paved, but any vehicle should be able to navigate it. From the parking area a good trail leads uphill (west). Beautiful day today. Most hikers go to mine and turned around, but they missed out on the best part of the hike. The 130-mile trip to deliver the gold and return with supplies took five days. The track crosses flat, sandy land sprinkled with Joshua trees, ending at a small parking area from where the path begins, heading due east over undulating land bearing scattered cacti, yucca, nolina and wildflowers, though no more Joshua trees. This 4 mile round trip hike takes you up the side of a hill and back into the history of the park, the end goal being this famous mine that got almost 5 million dollars worth of gold out of the ground below. To reduce the chances of being killed by the McHaney Gang or having his claim jumped, Johnny took on three partners. It was difficult at times to decipher where exactly the trail was once we started our way up the mountain. Lost horse mine trail . Read more trail reviews on the Wildway website. After going around several bends you will have your first view of the Lost Horse Mine. We hiked some way past the mine but it seemed to veer off the map so we trekked it back the way we came. From the Optimist Mine follow a sandy wash back to the parking area. A moderate out-and-back to a large mining complex with side trips to several high panoramic points. Lost Horse Mine loop takes you through the highs and lows of the Mojave Desert at Joshua Tree National Park. The terrain is so varied. What I decided on was the Lost Horse Mine Trail, a loop that’s between 6-7 miles with a 1200+ ft elevation gain. The mercury could be reused and the gold was formed into bricks. This hike is on the moderate side of difficult, there are short sections with some rapid ascent and decent, but overall most of the terrain is more mild. Great hike up to the mine. Lost Horse Mine has one of the best-preserved mills under National Park protection. Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. We drove a short way down from Keys View to the trailhead for the Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail, which is a 7-mile trail featuring the Lost Horse Mine. Even the cable netting and concrete caps, that were installed to protect visitors, were consumed by the ever expanding hole. smithcraigw 6 months, 2 weeks ago Track (2/25/20, 12:17:19PM) wlkesler 7 months ago Lost Horse Goldmine . mine was a nice bonus. In the generally packed Joshua tree National Park, this trail is secluded and very peaceful. Sections of this trail get a little rough so watch your step. Ryan Beautiful loop. Got lost. Whitney in 2016 and thru-hiked The Colorado Trail. Only saw a handful of other hikers. It started out chilly. Ryan hired a detective to investigate and discovered that when Johnny removed the amalgam from the copper plates, he kept half for himself. Enjoy increasingly stunning views of Pleasant Valley to the east as your legs feel the burn of the climb. If you have knee issues, I would suggest going counterclockwise to avoid putting the weight of your body on your knees. The trail will ungulate up and down along the side of the hill as it heads towards the old mine. The combination of unstable mine workings and earthquakes created a sink hole near the mill that eventually threatened the entire structure. In 1996 a new technique for capping mineshafts was tried. Today Lost Horse Mill is considered one of the best preserved mills of its kind in a National Park Service unit. The Inca Trail is 27 miles over three days, super-steep, and tops out at 14,000 feet.” Elevation isn’t a major issue on the Lost Horse Mine Trail. The trail has a slight uphill grade for two miles and ends at the Lost Horse Mine ten-stamp mill. The trail, which is a four-mile round-trip, follows the road developed by the Ryans to haul ore and supplies. California Joshua Tree Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail Hiking trail in Indio Hills, California (United States). 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