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Big Horn Mine Trail Hike (DIrections & Parking)

In This Information
  • The place is Big Horn Mine?
  • What to Anticipate on the Hike
  • Flip-by-turn Hike Instructions
  • Big Horn Mine Trail Maps & Video
Distance four miles (6.four km) Time 1.5-2 Hours (Complete Time) Problem Straightforward Complete Climbing 1,200 ft (366m) Highest Elevation 6,932 ft (2113m) Canine Pleasant Leashed Park Identify Angeles Nationwide Forest Park Telephone 626-574-1613

The hike to Big Horn Mine is a enjoyable and comparatively straightforward approach to benefit from the breathtaking surroundings of Angeles Nationwide Forest with no main effort. The path to Big Horn Mine winds it’s method alongside the aspect of a mountain, ultimately arriving on the deserted mine, the place you’ll be able to discover a historic construction from 1895 and seize some iconic pictures (with Mt Baldy within the background).

Big Horn Mine and the encompassing sights have an fascinating historical past too, however extra about that later.

The place is Big Horn Mine?

Big Horn Mine is within the coronary heart of Angeles Nationwide Forest, with the parking space at Vincent Hole. Use this trailhead handle:

Vincent Hole, CA 93563

And only a notice. The Google Maps hyperlink works, however another mapping packages don’t get Vincent Hole right.

Big Horn Mine Hike 1Don’t overlook to go away your move in your dashboard if you park.

You want a parking move for the trailhead lot. I exploit the reasonably priced Nationwide Parks Cross, which will get me in each park, monument, and nationwide forest. It’s also possible to use an (Southern California solely) Journey Move, or purchase a $5 day allow from the ranger’s workplace.

Big Horn Mine Hike 3The parking zone is giant however on a pleasant day it might refill.Big Horn Mine Hike 2There are primitive bogs on the Vincent Hole parking space.

Within the winter the street might be closed, so if unsure, examine the park web site and/or name the ranger station earlier than leaving.

Gear for the Hike

This can be a comparatively brief hike, and in regular circumstances you shouldn’t want any particular gear. I like to recommend:

When you do that within the winter there’s one part (extra under) that requires additional care. Micro-spikes and trekking poles will make it easier to navigate that icy part.

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Big Horn Mine Trail Maps

This hike is simple. You principally hike straight on the path till you attain the mine, then return. It’s a good way to hike within the mountains with out doing an enormous effort.

Word: When you’re exploring OSM maps of the world by yourself,  be warned that some (different) trails on the OSM map are little greater than animal runs. The path on this information is straightforward to comply with and many broad.

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I extremely advocate bringing some type of paper map with you, after which utilizing it along side a GPS gadget. You possibly can see the navigation gear that I exploit right here (I’m presently utilizing the Fenix 5x Plus and like it). Simply obtain the GPX file under and cargo it onto your GPS.

Many individuals additionally print out this net web page for the turn-by-turn photographs. And in the event you actually need to get tough, YouTube Premium permits you to obtain movies for offline use, so you possibly can obtain the hike video and reserve it.

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Big Horn Mine Hike 19The path hugs the aspect of Mt Baden Powell.Hike Big Horn Mine Trail ElevartionThere’s some up and down on this hike however typically it’s not likely noticeable. The grades are mild.Big Horn Mine Hike 18The path roughly follows the contour line across the mine, with scenic views into Vincent Gulch and Mt Baldy within the distance.

What You Want To Know Concerning the Hike

Big Horn MineThe mine has been round for over 100 years and has a colourful historical past. Photograph Bobbi Holmes.

  • Whereas individuals climb everywhere in the mine, remember that it’s over 100 years previous. You will get harm. There are additionally 1,200 ft of mine shafts that aren’t meant so that you can be in. Tread flippantly and punctiliously.
  • If you wish to see what the within of the mine seems to be like with out killing your self, take a look at the good pictures on this Straynger Ranger publish.
  • The Big Horn Mine is located on the headwaters of the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. The waters that you simply see right here ultimately circulate via the Sheep Mountain Wilderness to the Bridge to Nowhere.
  • Gold was found right here in 1891 by native mountain principal Charles Tom Vincent whereas he was searching bighorn sheep. Vincent had fled to the world to stay a solitary life within the mountains after killing three males in Arizona. Nobody knew of his previous till he confessed on his deathbed. Immediately Vincent Hole and Vincent Gulch are named after him. You’ll be able to go to Vincent’s cabin as a aspect journey on this hike (see under).
  • The mine first opened in 1895 and remained in use till 1985, when it was decided that the worth of gold was too low to justify additional drilling and exploration. Over the lifetime of the mine, three,701 ounces of gold, 2,430 ounces of silver, and 1,357 kilos of copper have been extracted. The Wrightwood Historic Society has an article if you wish to study extra concerning the historical past of Big Horn Mine.
  • In 2006 the Wilderness Land Belief bought the land again from the mining firm and returned it to Sheep Mountain Wilderness.
  • Should you’ve obtained the power and health, you are able to do this and the Mt Baden Powell hike in someday.

Big Horn Mine Hike Instructions

Hike Video

Need to see this in 360/VR? I’ve a model of this video the place you possibly can pan round in 360 levels and see each angle of each path junction, and so forth. – test it out right here on YouTube

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Flip by Flip Instructions

Big Horn Mine Hike 4There are a number of trailheads at Vincent Hole. Head to the left of the indicators towards the white gate.Big Horn Mine Hike 5Undergo the white gate to start out climbing on the path to Big Horn Mine.Big Horn Mine Hike 7The path is broad and descends for a bit.Big Horn Mine Hike 6At this intersection hold proper to go to Big Horn Mine. The flip to the left takes you to Vincent’s Cabin (extra later).Big Horn Mine Hike 8There are some sections of the path that get slender and overgrown, however it’s all the time straightforward to comply with.Big Horn Mine Hike 9The path widens out to a mud street via mature pine timber.Big Horn Mine WashThe one part that may be a bit of tough is that this a part of the path which suffers from rockslides sometimes. If it’s chilly out, there may be black ice on this part. Go sluggish and punctiliously right here.Big Horn Mine Hike 10The path widens out after the final part and climbs once more.You’ll be able to see how this was as soon as a mud street that allowed miners to get forwards and backwards to Big Horn Mine.Big Horn Mine Hike 11There’s one other mine shaft earlier than you get to Big Horn Mine. Maintain climbing straight on the trail.Big Horn Mine Hike 12Right here’s a closeup of that final mine shaft.Big Horn Mine Hike 13Keep to the suitable because the path snakes across the curve on the mountain.Big Horn Mine Hike 14Quickly you’ll see Big Horn Mine within the distance.Big Horn Mine Hike 15The final little stretch to the mine has slightly up-and-down throughout a small stream.Big Horn Mine Hike 16You made it! Now wait in line behind the crowds in your image. In case you depart early the crowds are a lot better (that is at 10am). And one other reminder, in the event you discover across the mine, please achieve this rigorously.Big Horn Mine Hike 17To return, simply hike again on the identical path. It’s as straightforward as that.

Aspect Journey to Vincent’s Cabin

Vincents CabinSo long as you’re right here, why not go to Charles Tom Vincent’s cabin? Photograph lovz2hike

In case you make the left flip on the first intersection (see the sooner instructions) it’s solely a half-mile hike to Vincent’s Cabin. You possibly can go contained in the cabin and poke round, seeing how Charles Tom Vincent lived life as a mountain man.

Charles Tom Vincent was initially from Ohio and served within the Civil Conflict, ultimately taking over mining in Arizona the place he and his associate killed three males who have been ransacking their shack. He fled to the mountains, making his method right here after spending a while within the Excessive Sierras.

Tom VincentA uncommon shot of Charles Tom Vincent with the cabin within the background. Photograph Graham Ranch

Vincent lived on solitude by selection for forty years, persevering with to mine for gold, and promoting it every year in Los Angeles. He was an fascinating character. Based on an account by his mailman “every afternoon when he came in from work he stripped to the buff and threw a potfull of hot water over his strong, rugged body, regardless of company; so we learned to vamoose. He was strong as an ox, the picture of health, thin and wiry with pink cheeks and snowy white hair. He could and did, walk for miles tracking a deer and he never fired an unnecessary shot. He loathed the city fellers that banged away regardless, when after game.” The Wrightwood Historic Society has an excellent write-up on Vincent and his life. Vincent handed in 1926.

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