Lost Horse Mine Trail

By Heather

Confession: Not every hike is awesome. So far, I’ve been fortunate that most hikes are very awesome, but every so often there’s a dud in there.

It’s my own fault that I didn’t enjoy the hike to Lost Horse Mine more than I should have: I misunderstood the mileage given.

Lost Horse Mine was a gold mine in the late 1800s. Now it’s preserved by the National Park Service.

This very popular trail is a loop, but most people hike to the main attraction – the mine – and then turn around. It’s four miles round trip.

We did the loop, which is two miles longer. That’s a lot when you’re only expecting four.

Boy, did I grumble. And since Darren was with me, he got an earful of my complaining.

And yes, I know that complaining about the length of such a short trek seems ridiculous from someone who isn’t truly happy unless it’s a double-digit mileage hike that has you totally spent at the end.

But two miles you weren’t expecting is a lot on the trail. I don’t know what it is, but things that feel short in the real world can feel very long in the wilderness.

Now that I look back at the pictures, I have to admit this hike was really pretty with some stunning views of the desert landscape.

I’ll do it again, maybe, and I’ll be mentally prepared next time.

Grumble, grumble.

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The ruins of a home that belonged to someone who worked at the mine.

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Debris at Lost Horse Mine.

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