Come hike along with me on the Lost Mine Trail at Big Bend National Park!

This is one of the most popular trails in the park, so we waited until mid-afternoon when the crowds cleared out to go. It’s only 4.8 miles round trip but there are amazing views around every corner.

Everything looks so lush and green after the fall rains!

The trail starts out pretty steep, but don’t let that fool you — just keep going! Then enjoy the switchbacks up to the top.

Looking back towards The Window.

One of the things I love about the trail is that you have great views of the Basin area and The Window. If you hike the Lost Mine Trail and the Window Trail you really start to get a sense of the Chisos Mountains. I highly recommend the South Rim hike, but if you’re short on time the Lost Mine trail is almost as good!

At the Top

Once you get to the top you have incredible views into Mexico!

Here’s our obligatory foot selfie! :)

I had cell coverage at the top and had to call Dad! Hi Dad!

Back at Camp

I picked up an acorn to sketch up top, but it was pretty crowded up there so I brought it back to camp and sketched it on the bear box instead.

Then I set the acorn free on our campsite — if an oak appears there in 30 years maybe it was me. ;-)

Thanks for coming along the hike with me! I’ll be posting our hike to The Window next, so stay tuned.

(Hiked on 14 October 2021)


Jan · November 5, 2021 at 10:35 pm

Big Bend is one of Texas biggest treasures and hiking in October or November is perfection l. The pics are beautiful and the acorn is very detailed. I am keeping my hopes up on oak tree.

    Lisa Spangler · November 6, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Jan!! Big Bend really is a treasure! Let’s hope to see the oak tree someday! Xx

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