Big Horn Mine Trail

EASY 348 reviews

Big Horn Mine Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

rocky

snow

washed out

Great, leisurely hike with some inclines peppered along the way to give you a good sweat. Beautiful scenery through the entire trail. Please remember: Wear appropriate footwear. Practice “Leave No Trace” etiquette

hiking
2 days ago

An easy to moderate hike with incredible views of Mt. Baldy and surrounding peaks. It's a busy trail, but worth it.

hiking
5 days ago

This hike is a moderate hike with some uphill inclines and some washed away path areas but nothing that can’t be done. Beautiful views and a fun hike!! At the end is an old mine that you can go in just remember to bring a good flashlight!

hiking
12 days ago

BEAUTIFUL view at the end! Very rewarding!
An easy hike, with some inclines to give you a little sweat. Love love this hike!

hiking
17 days ago

This mine is perfect for a simple day out. The trail is mostly covered by trees which keeps it nice and cool.
We brought our small children here several times.

hiking
22 days ago

Hike is short and rewarding with a great landscape view and cool little mine. Well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Finally did this hike, it’s been on my list of hikes for some time now. Overall it’s probably 1-2 hour hike. There were some dicey spots on this trail mainly where the rock slide areas are. Great for kids and dogs. Did this one with my dog and he did fine with the exception of dicey spots.
One recommendation is do this one early morning so you can beat the crowd. I was fortunate enough to get there when no one was around the mine. I was able to relax take some good shots and just enjoy the natural environment, sounds and fresh air.

In addition you will need an adventure pass. If you haven’t purchase one yet spend the 20-30$ to get a pass for the whole year.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views and a fun trail with enough variation to keep the hike engaging. The mine itself is a great reward at the end of the journey.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Says easy but I would rate it moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Remember to buy an adventure pass at the visitors center. Park at Vincent Gap parking lot. Walk to the path going downwards, it has a gate lowered on it. The signs weren’t really clear, just follow the Mine Gulch trail and then after a short walk you find the Big Horn Mine trail sign. It was an easy hike, some spots had a landslide of rocks making it a little more challenging to pass by, but not impossible. Definitely rewarding to make it to the top and to see that view.

1 month ago

great hike ! the storms have definitely caused some wash out areas as you proceed to the mine . but my buddy and I made it safely to the mine and even made it inside the mine with our headlamps . nice 49 degrees and full sun made for an excellent adventure !

hiking
2 months ago

Went on this hike just today, and it's partly covered with snow at points with lots of mud and wet spots. About a third to halfway through the hike, footing gets to be a problem with the snow and collapsed trail. But after the first half, it's smooth sailing.

hiking
2 months ago

nice day hike, easy going with great views. Add Vincent's cabin to finish the day.

3 months ago

Semi decent hike. Lots of people, no trail etiquette period (almost all had no idea ascent has right of way, people climbing and hiking off the trails, passed by many at dangerous locations). A Lot of graffiti and vandalism as well. The mine is open, though by vandalism, and fairly clean as far as we could see. Took a large group of kids with us and they had no problems.

3 months ago

Dads x

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes! Just did it today and there was a bit of ice and snow in spots. There is also an area where it's been washed out. You can still get across to the other part of the trail, just be sure to watch your footing. If you have trekking poles, I would recommend them, especially with the icy spots. Great view once you get to the top!

hiking
4 months ago

Fun easy dog and kid friendly hike! Seeing that mine at the end was awesome! I wish I would have taken a flashlight to go in to the mine. Next time!

hiking
4 months ago

Really nice hike. The pine trees on the way up were beautiful. The mine is really cool. Stopped in town for some coffee on the way out in Wrightwood at The Village Grind. Really nice people and great coffee and cinnamon roll. We will be back again.

4 months ago

Great, leisurely hike with some inclines peppered along the way to give you a good sweat. Would absolutely recommend, but remember:

Wear appropriate footwear.
Practice “Leave No Trace” etiquette
Ascent has right of way
No one wants to hear your music, keep the speakers in the car and be courteous of others who are trying to enjoy themselves.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike that takes you to an amazing view.

4 months ago

Our family went on this trail today and we really enjoyed it. There are a few parts that have been damaged from weather which made it a little difficult for my 6 year old to do without help but other than that it was really nice. Very nice picture ops and the mine was kind of creepy but my husband and kids went in and explored. Would definitely do it again.

hiking
4 months ago

Splendid hike steeped in history. One of Southern California’s largest gold mines. The stamp mill, primary and annex mine openings remain visible today. The trailhead starts at the beginning of an old wagon road that use to run to the mine. Years of landslides and rain have washed away much of the road, but it is still passable on foot. Wonderful photo opportunity abound. Great views once you reach the mine. Definitely worth the hike before this little piece of history is lost to the ravages of time and weather.

5 months ago

It’s nice hike lots of rocks ! I️t was beautiful

hiking
5 months ago

Short hike but really nice place 

5 months ago

Beautiful scenery through the entire trail.

5 months ago

Really fun hike and a good workout! Fun checking out the mines and the abandoned building. It has a beautiful view once you reach the top!

5 months ago

Not too crowd. The hike was fairly easy. The cave was awesome really long and could get lost if you don't have something to track you back.

6 months ago

Great hike. Mine is really cool but go in a group. All trails needs to update this to start at Vincent Gap lot for the shortest hike route.

hiking
6 months ago

Carisa, the road is open now. I hiked Baden-Powell about 2 months ago and the road was open then so can't imagine it would be closed again.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Bring flashlights for the mine and a sweater, it's cold. We went in to every cave inside. It was 2 of us hiking but we got 4 other people to explore with us. It's better when you're in a group. Enjoy!!

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