Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Lost Mine Trail Views by Dennis McElveen

Our guest photographer, Dennis McElveen shares, “We were actually the first people up the Lost Mine trail, at the crack of dawn. It was quiet, peaceful and all so beautiful. Once we got to the top we lingered for quite a while, picnicking and toasting the awesome views. Everyone for a while wandered off, looking, shooting and just taking in the scenery.”

Big Bend National Park’s website offers this about this great trail, a favorite of many:

Lost Mine Trail
Difficulty: Moderate; Distance: 4.8 miles round trip
Begin at mile 5.1 on the Basin Road, limited parking

This trail serves as an outstanding introduction the flora and fauna of the Chisos Mountains. With limited time, hike to marker 10 (about 1 mile), where a saddle offers stunning views of Casa Grande and Juniper Canyon. The remainder of the trail climbs steeply in and out of juniper, oak, and pine forest. The trail abruptly levels out at the ridge with superb views of Pine Canyon and the Sierra del Carmen in Mexico. A brochure is available at the trailhead.

Interested in other regional hiking opportunities?  Visit our Texas Mountain Trail hiking page:  www.texasmountaintrail.com/hike

We thank Dennis McElveen for sharing his wonderful images this week.  Interested in seeing more of Dennis’ work?  Contact him at damfoto (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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