Big Horn Mine Trail

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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
9 hours ago

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

25 days 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.

26 days ago

Dads x

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike that takes you to an amazing view.

1 month 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
1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike but really nice place 

2 months ago

Beautiful scenery through the entire trail.

2 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!

3 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.

3 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
3 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
3 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!!

3 months ago

I started from Grassy Hollow and took the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT was steep at times but very beautiful. If you stay on the trail it will be a bit over 4 miles to Big Horn Mine. I was under the impression BHM was a flat trail. Wrong! There are several inclines to get the blood pumping. The mine was extremely cool! Bring a headlamp and jacket, can get a bit cooler. Very happy to explore and would definitely do it again!

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