Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Valyermo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
21 hours ago

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

please avoid the night hike! We encounter 4 aggressive mountain lions. We didn't get to finish the hike. follow skyhighhiking on I.g for more adventure.

Smooth dirt path with plenty of shade spots the whole trail. Open at the top with amazing views all around.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice hike with the kids. Graffiti was disappointing but we enjoyed ourselves very much.

This used to be one of my favorite hikes. I have not been on it for about a year. I was so dissapointed today, because the graffiti has gotten way worse. It used to be just at the mine itself. well now it's all the way along the trail, even on Trees. Somone needs to find these creeps and spay paint all over thier bodies and see how they like it. Disgusting and very sad. We went this morning, the view is still amaxing from the mine. We went up super early to avoid the heat, so we didnt see any hooligans. it was very depressing to see the destruction of nature.

You’re drawn in by all the photos you’ve seen of the mine and it’s window framed view of Thunder Mtn, Mt Baldy, and Iron Mtn. Well, the other side of this popular and easy hike is that it brings taggers, punk kids that litter, and folks that just want to get drunk and high at the mine. One and done.

hiking
24 days ago

Saw a snake. Great views. I really enjoyed the hike

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike for a quick outing. Started off of Hwy 2 at the yellow gate. I hiked past Little Jimmy Trail Camp, visited Little Jimmy Spring, moved up to Windy Gap then to the summit of Mount Islip. Fantastic views from the top. Signed the book and returned the same way. I clocked about 6 miles on this route.

Took the day off from work to hike on the first day of summer. The trail conditions were really good. Especially loved the fact that I had the trail to myself. Be aware that there are lots of flying bugs this time of year, and the weather is much warmer so make sure to plan accordingly. I can't stress how important keeping oneself hydrated is to the enjoyment of this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

We were two families with kids aged 4 and 5 with us. It is a great hike with lovely weather. There are some rocky narrow patches but nothing that cannot be done if the kids cooperate. The mine is quite old. Nice view of the mountains and the river basin. We also encountered a mini waterfall near the mine. It was quite refreshing. The trail is partly shaded. Parking lot is big. We reached at 11.30 am on Sunday and there were lot of parking spaces left. The restroom on the trailhead - not clean. The greenery on the trail is really welcoming and we saw lots of beautiful wildflowers. All in all - a nice family hike on Father's day!

Great reward of a view/location for a short hike. Elevation gain is not too bad, pretty easy but I am in decent shape. Maybe about 45min one way. I went about 1/4 mile into cave...but its pitch black, wouldn’t go in w/o a good lamp. Who knows how far it goes but there are several deviations in cave.

Was a great trail, but wouldn’t say easy and I’m in great shape. Few slippery spots and narrow areas. Be mindful that you are in the wilderness. Saw a king snake, was informed by two separate hiking groups of a rattler near the cave by the mine. Also saw a deer crossing the hillside.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun hike! We got a late start driving up from LA (2:30pm), which actually worked to our advantage because a lot of the morning traffic was heading back to the parking lot and we had most of the trail and the mine to ourselves! The weather was also perfect - 77° and sunny. You’ll definitely break a sweat on a couple of the steeper climbs, but for the most part the trail is a nice gradual incline. There are a few areas that are washed out which feels a little sketchy, but totally fine if you just concentrate and watch your footing. The scramble up to the mine itself is also a little sketchy, but totally doable. We were back to the car around 5pm - we took our time on the way up taking photos and breaks to take in the views and we hung around the mine for a good 15-20 mins. My only negative about this trail is all the graffiti and destruction to the landscape. I will never understand what motivates people to tag graffiti on mother nature. Aside from that, this is a great hike and the views from the mine are absolutely amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Bighorn Mine is just sublime! This hike is awesome!
It's relatively short and easy. It has epic views throughout, a good amount of foresty tree shade throughout, and the mine itself is a wonder in it's own right. The platform of the main structure is a great play to chill in the shade and soak in the mountain views. Up to the left of the structure is the main entrance to the mine. It has a door on the mine that can be open, and then are warnings of death! If you've got a headlamp or flashlight and you are not afraid, walk a few hundred feet into the mine to get to a juncture where there is water flowing to another mine opening nearby, yet water is flowing, so I stopped at the juncture.

All in all, I had an amazing hike. This is now one of my favorites. I filmed and edited a vlog for this trail. You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/TmPHA197BgI

Also here's some music for the trail: http://sptfy.com/G00

Difficult hike. Continuous switchbacks and elevation. You really don't get any sections where you are not at an incline. The trail is easy to follow although it does narrow a few times and I felt a bit uneasy. The closer you get to the top the steeper the sections. The day I hikedbthisbpeak was a beautiful day and could not have asked for better weather. I did however feel the affect big the wind bad I got closer to the summit. My hands especially did get cold and were shaking at one point. I recommend taking cold weather gear with you. At the very least, have it available. I didn't have gloves and I only had a cheap wind breaker jacket. I was pretty miserable at the top and definitely wish I'd taken gloves and a sweater/jacket. The view from the top is spectacular. Bring plenty of water, snacks and cold weather prep even if the conditions don't seem to call for it. This is a difficult hike. I'd recommend training and building up your stamina before attempting so that you could enjoy it. Good luck!!

hiking
2 months ago

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

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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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
3 months ago

Great hike. Great view. Thanks to the fella that left a midweek hiker pin at the top. Cheers!

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
3 months ago

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

Started out around 6:15 in the morning and arrived on the summit of Baden Powell at 8am. There were only a few small patches of icy snow and most of them I was able to walk around, I did bring spikes but did not use them. On the decent I came down the West ridge of Baden Powell, up and over Burnham Peak, and up to Throop Peak. There were already a dozen or so people on Throop so I continued down the North ridge a ways stopping for a short break before continuing back down to the trail head. This is a beautiful trail more scenic than the trail up from Vincent Gap with views looking both East and West into the valleys on each side of the ridge. An important note about the actual trail head, it is not the one directly across from the Caltrans shed that popped up here about 10 years ago, it is about 50 yards or so east of there near a culvert just before the bend in the road. Start here and at the first switchback you will see the sign placed by the Boy Scouts.

Awesome hike made more awesome by ice-avoidance. We were told that there was no snow on the mountains, so we did not bring spikes of any sort. The trail on the side of Throop, however, had significant sections of ice on the trail; significant enough that we felt it was dangerous. We chose to power up the hillside to the top of Throop. Wind was a good 35+ mph on the ridge and peaks for most of the hike. If you're going on this hike in the next few weeks, I recommend either bringing crampons are plan to bag Throop and Burnham. Also, if you include these peaks, consider this hard rather than moderate.

Nice easy hike. Parked at Inspiration Point and hiked to Grassy Hallow and back.

hiking
3 months 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.

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