Big Horn Mine from Vincent Gap

4 reviews #94 hike out of 461 in
5.2 mi
Distance
2 hrs 23 min
Time
terrain
584 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate trail in Sheep Mountain Wilderness that starts at the popular Vincent Gap Trailhead (start of the switchbacks on the PCT to Baden-Powell.) The trail winds up the mine features by traveling uphill on the poorly maintained trail. A portion has been damaged by winter avalanches, and takes some careful walking along spots with a goodly drop off.

The reward for this are the accessible mine features. The mine mouth structures are a legendarily popular photo spot. There are at a least two accessible mine entrances. One is readily accessible and obvious as you get close to the mine mouth on the right. The second is beyond the mine mouth and dubious from a safety standpoint: the access is over fallen boards, and one must climb through a hole in a metal covering to enter. So, you've been warned. As in all mines, the interior of both are filled with slips, trips, debris, sharp metal, wires, and water hazards. You've been warned!

Getting Started

The Vincent Gap Saddle and parking lot is readily accessible from Hwy 2. The trailhead is one the west side of the parking lot, the one that is Not PCT and Baden-Powell. As you start down the trail, there is a fork you reach immediately that marks the split between this trail, Big Horn Mine, and the trail that drops down into Vincent Gulch. Hang right at this fork. The rest is easy.

Taking Children

I've noted the hazards of the mines. The hike is, however moderate except for the places where the trail has been damaged by avalanches.


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    2 years, 8 months ago
    Trail washed out in spots. Lots of graffiti and inexperienced hikers. Very sad example of internet exposure ruining a really cool spot.
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    3 years, 5 months ago
    This was a fun and easy hike to Big Horn Mine. I would have given this trail 5 stars, but there was sooooo much trash. Our small group (my hiking family) took trash bags with us, and thankfully so! We picked up about 5 lbs of recycle trash (beer bottles, gatorade, water, and more beer cans), and about 10-15 lbs of trash trash. There were so many glow-sticks, tissue paper, candy wrappers, snack wrappers/bags, trashed clothing, and the worst of all - some person pooped IN THE MINE! It was rank! We doubled bagged that and put it in our large trash bag. I hope those that go on this trail will pack their trash out with them. You carried it full, now carry it out empty. The views were breathtaking, the mine was awesome, there is bathrooms and trashcans at the trailhead. You go left for the mine and right for the eternal switchback trail to Mt. Baden-Powell. I recommend this hike.
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    2 years, 9 months ago
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Rose Williams 3 years, 8 months ago
Hike the Big Horn Mine Trail
The hike to Big Horn Mine is a fun and relatively easy way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Angeles National Forest without a major effort. The trail to Big Horn Mine winds it's away along the side of a mountain, eventually arriving at the abandoned mine, where you can explore the historic structure from 1895 and grab those great Instagram shots that everyone loves (with Mt Baldy in the background).
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capoole 2 years, 8 months ago
Big Horn Mine
Trail washed out in spots. Lots of graffiti and inexperienced hikers. Very sad example of internet exposure ruining a really cool spot.
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