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One of my favorite trails!
User: USA_Roadtrips - 2/8/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.70 Miles Duration: N/A

It is one of my favorite hikes, with an incredible view, and full of places to admire the mountains from different angles all the way. It is very quiet, with beautiful vegetation and a variety precious birds. You can see pictures on my instagram http://www.instagram.com/usa_roadtrips. The Big Bend was our home for a week, and I can't wait to be back!

tough trail we got winded
User: jimmy peace - 5/20/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Lots of people and noise
User: rodavenport - 4/14/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.70 Miles Duration: N/A

Pretty Trail, nice scenary. The last 1/4 mile is fairly steep and gives you a pretty good workout. The end of the trail gives you some impressive views of the backside of Casa Grande and Juniper Canyon. If you are looking for solitude beware. Lots of people on the trail and the noise from the road is quite irritating especially the motorcycles.

One of the best big bend trails
User: texaskdog - 9/9/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.80 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Other than Emory Peak this was our favorite.  If it's too challenging for you you can hike the first 3rd (1.6 miles round trip) to the Juniper Canyon overlook.  Saw a few tarantulas and one snake on this path.

Nothing like it.
User: jlsexton - 4/4/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Every so often, I go for my Big Bend "fix".  Stark, with a big helping of solitude, and in the pleasant (and mutually respectful) company of things that thrive there, relying on their thick skin, spines, thorns, fangs, and stealth.  I had hiked in BB several times but never done the Lost Mine Trail due to the number of cars at the trail head, meaning more trail population than I was looking for.

Well, this was the time for the Lost Mine Trail.  It was fascinating; the cacti were mostly in bloom, the temp was a high of maybe 90°, the deer and the Mexican Jays were out, and the always unique scenery was there to entertain without end.  I went clear to the point where I climbed this end-of-trail rock, scooted to the edge, looked over, caught my breath and muttered something, scooted back (a good ways) and had my sandwich, certainly in no hurry at all to leave.  There was trail traffic, but not too much.  Everyone was excited and fascinated, so the company was welcome. 

If you're wondering about difficulty, I am 73 and in half-decent shape; it was a pleasant jaunt for me.  Be careful with the sun.  You're a mile+ high and the sun beats down directly and also ricochets off of the rocks, so one gets plenty of exposure.  I made it up and down, taking my time, with a liter of water, but was glad there was more waiting in the car.  I will go again next year, and the next, and I will hike this trail again, with an eye on Casa Grande that always looms above, and wondering about how one gets up there.  Maybe . . . . 

By the way, one of the contributors here boasted that he/she had traveled 600 miles to enjoy the Big Bend.  Who doesn't? (:-)  Some good news though: this may be THE place in the Lower 48 where one is farthest from a Walmart or a Big Mac.  Let's keep that our secret.

Lots of views worth the climb
User: Will Simmons - 1/22/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Im not in the greatest shape but i was able to complete this hike in about 3 hours while stopping to take pictures quite often. Lots of nice views. Was quite windy today and the final stretch was a bit hard trying not to get blown away. 

This hike was pretty hard and SUPER rewarding with all the views!
User: Gadget Girl - 10/10/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A

You can do all or part of this hike.  Getting to the top at the end is favuous, we have some great photos, if i can figure out how to add them.  I enjoyed this hike VERY much!  We had a group of 7 adults and 5 teens, it was awesome!

User: bsisk - 3/25/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

This is a trail near the lodge at the top of the Chisos Mountains.  This trail offers beautiful views of the Chisos Mountains and the Basin.  Make sure you take plenty of water as this trail can be difficult, mainly because of the incline; however, the view at the top of the trail is a must see.  Deer often are seen in the tree lines and of course there are signs to watch out for mountain lions and black bears.  You are in the mountains remember!  I actually prefer this trail over the Window trail because of the views.  If you time the hike just right in the spring, you will see lots of cacti blooming magnificent colors - deep reds, purple, orange and yellow blooms.

Spectacular Views From The Top!
User: Lone_Star - 3/5/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours
Warning: Do not attempt this hike unless you are in good physical condition. It is a 2.4 mile climb up a mountain, then all downhill on the return. Expect to go about 1.5 mph.  Remember, this hike is at about 1 mile in elevation, so the air may be a little thinner than you are used to.
 
Let’s get to the point. Big Bend National Park is a hiker’s paradise. I drove over 600 miles to visit this park, but it was well worth it. This park is spectacular and grandiose. It reminds me of a cross between Yosemite and Death Valley. In Texas, as far as I am concerned, Big Bend National Park is the mack daddy park and it’s trails make all other state and local park trails pale by comparison. This park is a MUST SEE!
 

The Lost Mine Trail is a beautiful hike. It is not a flat trail, but a hike up a series of mountain sides. The trail is extremely well-maintained and there are plenty of rest stops. There are a number of breathtaking vistas on the way up and they keep getting better and better as you increase in altitude. There are a lot of switchbacks as the trail climbs approximately 1,100 feet, so it will have you breathing hard. I recommend a walking stick to help with the climb and to keep your balance, especially in the rocky areas. At the top, you are afforded absolutely tremendous views of the area and down into Mexico. Many hikers relax and hang out at the summit since it is so beautiful.

I highly recommend this hike.

Lost Mines Trail
User: craigalbritton - 2/23/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours
My father (60 years old) and I arrived in the Basin around 11:00 AM and decided to loosen up our legs on the Lost Mines trail. This is the best hike for hikers of all abilities. It is very laid back and easy to complete with a moderate level of effort. The best part is the unbelievable views when are at the end of the trail! This trail is every bit as spectacular as any other in the park. If you are pressed for time, or just do not want to hike all day, then I suggest this hike highly.
Phenomenal hike
User: haldodd - 10/10/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Great hike for someone new to Big Bend that is staying at the Basin.
This Was A Great Hike
User: BigFrank3 - 8/18/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Did this hike with a buddy of mine a few years ago.  We felt weird upon reaching the top...we had our gear in backpacks and ran into a family that had 1 little bottle of water.  This is a great day hike in Big Bend.

A must do!
User: riverrat - 9/24/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Going up (literally!) took quite a bit longer than coming down but once at the summit, you will witness a spectacular view! There was quite a bit of traffic on the trail but with everyone going at their own pace you can feel "alone" at times. Everyone that goes to Big Bend should do this hike preferably as one of your first hikes!

A wondeful short day hike
User: SA68AG - 4/20/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This is one of my favorite hikes in the National PArks. The views are spectacular and you don't have to expend a lot of time or energy. I like to do it first thing in the morning right before I depart the park.
Great hike with great views of Big Bend.
User: texas trekker - 4/17/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.70 Miles Duration: N/A
Great starter hike to introduce you what Big Bend has to offer. Very windy on top, beautiful day! This was my third time to hike this great trail and will do it any time I visit this area.
One of the better hikes in Big Bend
User: Austin Explorer - 10/14/2001  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 18 minutes

This was the first of many hikes we did in Big Bend and it's one of the best for a relatively simple day hike.  The rewarding views at the end of trail were obviously a hit with the other hikers on the trail, of which they were many.

User: yeiyel - 9/5/2000  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.70 Miles Duration: N/A
There were 12 of us doing this hike, other wise we saw 4 others on the trail. Warm, sunny, clear day, great for views. This has great views along the whole trail, but you really need to get to the top to really catch the awesomeness of Big Bend. It was very worthwhile.
Great Hike
User: Eveline - 10/11/1998  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
We did this hike with the West Texas Trail Walkers club. Spectacular views from the top. We had the trail going up all to ourselves. Coming down we passed lots of people headed up.
Beautiful and Educational
User: Joefirefighter - 9/16/1995  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

I have been to Big Bend twice; once by myself and once with my then wife-to-be.  In both cases, my first hike was the Lost Mine Trail.  It is a really pretty hike of moderate difficulty that gives a good overview of the flora and geology of the Chisos mountains.  The self-guided nature of the trail allows you to recognize the various plants and geological features you will encounter on numerous other hikes in the Chisos and even in the desert sections of the park. 

I was particularly impressed and took a picture at the overlook of the ridge which shows the difference in plant life between north and south facing slopes in Big Bend.

PS:  I saw a black bear one evening near the Lost Mine Trailhead.