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I enjoyed the hiking aspect of this trail, but I found the vandalism (graffiti) overwhelming. It greatly detracted from the beauty of the surrounding forest and mountains. I will never understand how someone would make the effort to go out into the woods and then ruin it. The mine itself could transport you mentally to a bygone era, but the graffiti just makes you think of the inner city after an apocalypse. Just SAD!

hiking
8 hours ago

Stunning. Totally worth it. Easy hike, the difficulty starts at the mine. Easy to get lost inside but you have to go in

We’ve seen a bear. We turned around because we’ve been only 2 people and wanted to be save. As far as we got it was nice.

hiking
6 days ago

I definitely got lost. From the parking, make sure you go south and you will see a gate. I started up the trail next to the parking that said Islip Saddle and that was the wrong hike!

It’s a beautiful walk

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful and relatively easy hike! Safe to hike by yourself, but I still tried to walk with a couple on the trail since there was a lot of bear poop along the trail! Didn’t see any bears or mountain lions, but only spectacular Mountain View’s. Super fun hike and well worth it! I did the trip in about 3 hours round trip. I took my time at the top and even explore the inside of the mine. Highly recommend.

hiking
17 days ago

Super cool! Mine was closed when we got there, but the entire view was amazing.

Such a cool piece of history.

Not too strenuous hike, slightly rocky terrain but doable in tennis shoes. Gorgeous fall leaves in late October. Next time bringing hiking shoes and camera!

The mines are what makes this trail worth it

hiking
29 days ago

Yesterday was a beautiful day on this mountain! We parked in one of the turnoffs; there was only 1 other car when we started around 11:30am. Then, we started on the fire road (through the closed yellow gate) and followed the sign for Little Jimmy Campground to get on the trail. Fairly easy most of the way. The last .8 miles was the hardest part but very doable. I loved the views! We could see LA and Catalina Island through the clouds. The rock building at the top used to be a fire lookout station. Our final mileage was 6.6. Took us 3.5 hours out and back.

hiking
30 days ago

I recently moved back to California and needed to re-introduced myself to elevation hiking. This was my first hike in 7 years! The hike was amazing! The beginning and the end of the hike was a lot of elevation gain. There were many people on the trail but still worth the hike. The view from the top was amazing. On one side of the mountain one can see the LA basin and on the other side, the high desert. The only downside of this hike was using the outhouse at Little Jimmy Campground. The camp must have been full during the weekend because the outhouse was RIPE.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a rather easy hike, but was very beautiful! It took me about an hour and a half there and back but I spent a while at the mine. I didn’t go inside but sat there and enjoyed the view. I also took my 40lb bully and he was fine the whole way. Didn’t seem tired at any point through the hike. They do charge for parking so make sure to buy a pass. I made the mistake of not buying a pass and received a ticket, however the fee was only what the pass would’ve cost ($5).

The directions to the trail are a little confusing. The trail starts across from the parking lot and do not take any of the roads that lead away as indicated per gps. The Pacific crest Trail marker is there and that’s where you start the trail. It leads you to a service road. We took the service road to the left at it it’s a really beautiful trail however are you doing most of your uphill battle on the way out when you’re fatigued. We are going to try it next week and will start from the right.

Awesome hike. Really great for beginners who want to challenge themselves, and/or good for seasonal hikers who want a semi moderate hike to get back into shape for the winter season. Moderate incline at the beginning and end of the hike. Took me about two hours with one rest break at the top of the mountain. Mostly shades until you get towards the top.

home to the mine is beautiful, however it's what lies within the mine that is truly amazing, I spent about 2 hours inside the mine checking every end of every outcrop, VERY DARK, VERY DAMP, VERY SPOOKY, however with the proper lighting it isn't too bad, would definitely recommend scouting out the inside if youre up for it!

This is one of our major hikes here in the Angeles national forest, I went to the mine to evaluate the trail, and am dismayed at the abuses our historical places have suffered in this ‘ new age’.
And now, In the last week the cabin has been paintballed. Please, this is my home. I would not follow you home (as much as I want to) and tag and paintball your home! And this is why I don’t go down ‘there’. The National forest is everyone’s, why would you destroy it? Please have respect for my home.

A good trail, nice and easy. Just wish there was water at the bottom.

I love this hike. I been here many times just because its such a beautiful hike.
First off, The parking is great with lots of space. Bathrooms are a bit dirty. Bring your own toilet paper!. the hike to the mine over the white gate beginning point is moderate. 2 miles of beautiful scenery and nature. At points a bit slippery so hold on to your kids and dogs. Once you make it to the Mine, the views are amazing for pictures and sunsets. when you enter the mine. bring flashlights
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I did an 6.5 mile out-and-back version of this hike that goes to the summit of Pinyon Ridge instead of dropping down to Big Pines Highway (as shown on this page). I don't think it's worth going to Big Pines Highway unless you're looking to add mileage and gain.

Overall, this is a relatively easy hike with nice views of the high country and desert. It's also pretty secluded; I only saw one group of dirt bikers (the entire hike is on a dirt road). The summit is anti-climatic though.

Great hike, gives you a good workout and beautiful views. I took my kids and our dog and they had no problem getting to the mine. My kids loved exploring in the mine it was fun... just take flash lights and you'll be ok. I would of given this trail 5 stars, but there is way too much graffiti and trash everywhere.

Loved this trail! Nobody in our group had to use trekking poles. This is a rocky trail! I wish someone would have posted that! This is a dog friendly trail. There are nice spots with shade to rest. Lots of bees at the mine! Nobody got stung but they were annoying. Many places for photo opportunities. Please take your trash with you leave no trace! Great hike for children’s 8 and up. Keep your dogs on a leash. Have fun!

Pretty cool trail. Great views. Watch out for rattlesnakes when you get to the mine. Had a run in with one of them. You don’t know fear until you hear that death rattle.

Great hike! It was clean and right before the end there is a bench overlooking the mountians. Peaceful.

The mine has such great views. Has always been a favorite hike. Last time I went, there was a lot of trash, so don’t forget to clean up after yourselves.

hiking
2 months ago

If I could give this trail 10 stars, I would! Awesome views, well kept trail, a good workout...the list goes on! LOVED IT

wasnt really much there. was flat for the most part so not much elevation change making it interesting. views were okay but not as nice as other hikes in close proximity.

hiking
3 months ago

Had so many pretty views!! A lot of incline but I enjoyed it. At the summit there was a cool notepad you can write notes to people in or sign your name with a little Saying.

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hiking
4 months ago

Has it’s moments where it gets a little steep but overall a good hike.

4 months ago

Pretty awesome for my first time on this trail made it to the creek and headed back up a few more miles we would’ve saw the planes and cabin, next time

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