Big Horn Mine Trail

EASY 236 reviews
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Big Horn Mine Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1820 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

rocky

washed out

24 minutes ago

hiking
5 days ago

5 days ago

First time hiking in months and this trail was perfect. Not too hard but not easy either. Highly recommend it. I visited on a Saturday around 1pm and it wasn’t crowded at all, which I loved. We went inside the mine and explored, I was mesmerized by the beauty the mine still holds after all these years.

If you’re planning to go inside the mine, don’t forget to bring a flash light & a light jacket since it could get a bit cold inside!

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

So awesome going inside the mine! Bring good flashlights, headlamp, lantern, glow sticks, extra batteries, rope for safety, string to mark your enter/exit path and a buddy! Multiple groups going in and out on a Monday. Lots of people doing photo shoots. Stop by Vincent’s cabin along the way! Easy 2 mile hike from Vincent Gap parking area. Such a thrill going inside!

hiking
12 days ago

17 days ago

great hike with many great views. we even saw some big horn sheep at about half way in. easy for all ages.

hiking
18 days ago

18 days ago

Pretty cool trail, definitely not "easy" though. Be very careful with your footing, there are about 3 or 4 very narrow steep drop rocky/shale parts. Overall incline isn't too bad. I'm disabled and was able to make it alright with ny partner's help! ;-) There is a parking lot at Vincent Gulch area, but per the Rangers they say you need at least an Adventure Day pass, which can be bought at the Grassy Hollow Visitor center that's about a mile west of the parking lot (just check beforehand that it's open). Idk how well they enforce it, but it's only $5 for the day (cash only!). Beautiful views, didn't see a ton of wildlife. Bring the bug spray!!!

hiking
18 days ago

This was such a fun hike! The view is amazing once you get to the mine. Also, going inside the mine was a fun little adventure. If you do want to explore the mines I would suggest to bring along a flashlight because it is very dark inside. The hike itself is pretty easy, the only issue would be the rocks along the trail so I recommend to wear hiking shoes.

Fun trail and beautiful view!

hiking
19 days ago

20 days ago

This trail is easy- just expect an incline fairly fast on. Also, the directions lead you to a site wayyyy before the actual trail- I'm assuming this has to do with the road closure prior. Keep driving. The parking lot will be on the left (coming from the 138) and had signs CLEARLY showing the trails. It's a little under 4 miles round trip according to my Suunto GPS watch. It's just SO pretty in the mine- wish my house had those views

hiking
24 days ago

Good trail with some obstacles and moderate areas along the hillside. Not "easy" but fun. The destination is worth the hike!

24 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

First of all start at the trail head on Angeles crest highway that way its only 4.5 miles. We are in our mid 50's pretty good shape. We started at 0930 and its ALL UP HILL to get there about 2miles. Lots of shade, bring plenty of water eat something before you go. You can park at the trail stay to the right, it will divide stay to the right not the cabin. Its a beautiful walk get there early so you won't get that much sun. Some steep thin rocky trail but very well marked. Once you get there its very historic and they someone cut through the metal gate and if you are small enough you can go through. Be careful bring plenty of flashlights and water you could get lost inside the mine. The mine itself is pretty neat very historic, if you can imagine ( its doesn't look like this anymore) http://californiathroughmylens.com/big-horn-mine-vincent-cabin the weather has taken its tol but still neat. When you get to the trail head walk behind the white gate that's where it starts.. We will be back to see the cabin. I would where good boots . Make sure you look at the link. If you go early enough no bugs, we got to the mine at about 1030am sat morning and there was a nice little fall clear water and little to no bugs, so anyone that says there are bugs remember this is wilderness. Good Luck have fun