Summary: This is a very easy, yet rewarding hike. There are a few steep drops in some places, and it isn't all flat, although the uphill shouldn't give anyone any trouble.
It is a relatively short jaunt; it's but a couple of miles to the old stamp mill. We had lunch and I went a little way into each of the shafts. I didn't bring my headlamp, so I couldn't explore further. I would say to be very careful, but if this is your type of thing, and you know what you are doing, enjoy.
Interestingly enough, the mines smell much the same as the simulated ones at Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland.
The only real bummer is the graffiti, well and the trash. Next time I go, I am bringing a trash bag along, please do the same if you should decide to go.
All along the way you get great vistas of Baldy, Pine, Wright and Iron Mountain. This is a great hike.
Trailhead: Take Highway 2 (Angeles Crest Highway) through the Angeles Forest to the Vincent Gap. It is signed as Vincent Gulch/PCT parking. Here you can catch 3 trails - the Vincent Gulch Trail, The PCT to Baden Powell or back towards San Bernardino, and the trail/road to Big Horn Mine.
Park on the South Side
The trail is very easy to find - just look for the road closed sign - follow the old wagon road the entire way. There are spots where the road is washed out, and you will come across the trail to Vincent Gulch behind the Sheep Mountain Wilderness Sign, but you should just follow the road. NOTE THAT AS OF 10-31-08 HWY 2 IS CLOSED AT ISLIP SADDLE. COME IN FROM THE EAST! (Lat:34.35695 Lon:-117.74504)
Trail Guides for Big Horn Mine:
Best Hikes With Dogs - Southern California
by Allen Riedel (Mountaineers books)
Trails of the Angeles - 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Grassy Hollow Visitor Center (626) 821-6737
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Marc on 4/8/2012
A link to a gps map of the trail. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212284224402205679133.0004bd2d2d14202e230f4&msa=0
Reviewed by IFT on 1/23/2012
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Reviewed by Chris on 1/7/2012
Just went to this mine 3 days ago. the hike was beautiful. there were a couple spots where the trail had been washed out, requiring you to climb over. it wasn't too difficult, but just be sure to watch your footing. Also, there was a lot of ice along the path, which, obviously, is very slippery! both entrances to the mine were barred off by giant steel gates, but me and my friend, being the adventurers we are, managed to get in anyway (without vandalizing of course). exploring the mine was one of the most amazing things i've ever done. there are many forks however, and it's easy to get lost. be very careful, bring flashlights and lots of water just in case. spare batteries may be a good idea as well.
Reviewed by Pamela on 1/1/2012
Love the hike. Haven't hiked much in a long time. Some tricky areas where there were land slides and ice paths but with the right shoes it's good. Couldn't believe the views it's a must do again.
Reviewed by Othy on 10/1/2011
highly recomended fun, beautiful scenery, I WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN... :)
Reviewed by Big James on 8/8/2011
Hiked this trail on August 7, 2011, had a great time. Beatuiful views,trail is in very good condition, the washed out portion of the trail isn't as bad as every one says it is.I strongl recommend this hike.
Reviewed by Michael T. on 7/17/2011
Hikes this on July 17th, 2011. The shafts we found were all closed to access. I GPSed this hike at 570' of total gain round trip. This is no where near the 1100' of gain claimed above. Pleasant hike, second time down to this mine.
Reviewed by KR on 5/26/2011
Hiked with my hubby and our rottie last April. It is a fairly easy hike but there are some spots that were a bit difficult for me. I'm not an experienced hiker at all. Unfortunately, the part of the trail that leads to the mine was washed out and we couldn't continue. I felt it was just too dangerous for me climb over rocks at almost 7,000 feet. Just like another reviewer mentioned, I did not want to 'scale the mountain!' The vistas are gorgeous and we took lots of photos. We will be back again because we really want to see the mine.
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