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Published: September 30th 2017
The Lost Horse Mine
Abandoned mine equipment. The square behind the wooden structure appears to be a shaft into the old mine. Above and to the left of where we were to take the picture is the remains of an old winch. Apparently cables ran over the top of the wooden structure and to the bottom of the gorge to transport the ore.
Geo: 34.1347, -116.312
For our second day hiking in Joshua Tree NP we did the Lost Horse Mine Trail, about a 6.5 mile loop around the Lost Horse Mountain, including a short spur trail to the actual abandoned mine site. Met a nice young man who has started on the same goal we have of hiking in as many national parks as we can before we become too old and decrepit to do it any more. Hopefully we can get most of them in. He has plenty of time to do all of them.
On the last half of the Lost Horse Mine Trail we hiked along a valley with lots of Joshua Trees. Many had huge flower blossoms on them. The Joshua Trees are so named because the first settlers thought they looked like Joshua of the Old Testament raising his arms. Maybe, if you use a lot of imagination!
After the Lost Horse Mine Trail we drove to Keys View and hiked to the top of Inspiration Point on an unofficial trail about half a mile in length but with an elevation gain of around 400 feet. Fantastic 360 degree views from there of the Coachella Valley
Along the Lost Horse Mine Trail
Taken along the trail by a nice young man that we met on the trail who was from Ventura, CA.
where the San Andreas Fault lies to the south and the high desert in the park to the north.
On the way back to the motel we stopped at another trail called the Boy Scout Trail. This is a fairly long trail through the middle of the desert but with a side trail to some water sources about 3.5 miles from the trailhead. We made it about 1.5 miles down the trail before deciding we had had enough. The trail was pretty boring and we were beat having done about 11 miles total this day.
Tot: 2.228s; Tpl: 0.103s; cc: 11; qc: 28; dbt: 0.0261s; 2; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 1;
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