Hike Lost Horse Mine Trail
Lost Horse Mine Trail is a 4 mile moderate hike to see an old gold mine, with the best preserved mill of its kind inside a national park. It’s estimated this mine yielded 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver.
Tip: The trailhead has parking but it fills up quickly. Go early if you want to ensure a spot.
Loop Trail Hike: 4 miles
Elevation change: 400 feet
Route: Out and back
The old mine is in good condition due to park protection, which is great except that it has a big ugly chain linked fence around to stop people from defacing it. This is a bummer if you’re into photography like me, but also a good thing because I’m into preserving history.
There are beautiful views of the surrounding mountains all around, and I’ve heard the April bloom is quite the site to see.
If you have the opportunity go on this hike. It’s a great glimpse into California’s gold rush while having amazing views of the park as you hike.