Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park

Distance: 2.4 miles one way
Overall elevation gain: 1300 feet one way
Location: Big Bend National Park, Texas
Date: October 23, 2013

View from the end of the Lost Mine Trail (Juniper Canyon and South Rim of Chisos at right)

After going to Boquillas, Mexico, I hiked the Lost Mine Trail, which is perhaps one of the most popular trails in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park. The trail is well-maintained, and it is unlikely that you'll be alone on the trail (if you hike during the day). The trail begins by climbing out of the Basin area on the north side of Casa Grande along the Chisos Basin Road.

The elevation gain along the first mile is moderate, but after this first mile, the trail reaches the divide between the Basin and Juniper Canyon. At this one mile marker you have a great view down Juniper Canyon and back into the Chisos Basin, which makes this trail one of the best hikes in the Chisos for those short on time or who can't hike that far.

Looking back towards the trailhead and the Basin

Juniper Canyon

From this point, the trail continues on uphill along a steeper trail (although not anywhere near as steep as some "trails" I've been on. The trail eventually levels off and continues along the rock outcropping on top of this mountain before reaching an even larger rock at the end of the trail. From the end of the trail there are great views of the Chisos and Juniper Canyon.

View east-northeast from the end of the trail

Tree at the end of the Lost Mine Trail

Casa Grande

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