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Big Horn Mine Hike

Big Horn Mine Hike

9th May 2022


I love hikes that are full of history and if they have an old mine I literally freak out. So of course, this hike has been on my radar for a while to check out.


The Big Horn Mine was staked in 1891 by a man named Charles Tom Vincent, aka Charles Vincent Dougherty after finding gold while hunting the area's Big Horn Sheep. Many others owned and operated the mine off and on up until 1985 when it was deemed not feasible to continue operation of the mine. For the full history click here:
http://www.wrightwoodcalif.com/WrightwoodHistorical/WrightwoodRoots/a06bighorn.pdf


For details on the mine stats here:
http://www.secretmines.com/p/big-horn-mine.html

The hike:
The trail starts at the Vincent Gap Trailhead. Instead of heading up to Baden Powell, take a left and head down the trail towards Mine Gulch. It is pretty straight forward after this. Follow the old wagon road that winds along the creek and enjoy the beautiful views of Mt. Baldy. The trail will start to go back up and you will see a sign that points you towards Mine Gulch- stay right and continue along the wagon road that hugs the back side of Baden Powell. At just over 2 miles the mine will come into sight. Great area to explore and take pictures. Return the same way you came.

Hike Stats:

Mileage: 4.2
Elevation Gain: +/- 550 ft
Elevation at Mine: +/- 7,000 ft
Difficulty: Easy
Details: Dog Friendly (Leash Required), Adventure Pass Required for Parking, Year Round Hiking, Fairly Maintained Trail, Primitive Restrooms at Trailhead
Trailhead: Vincent Gap- https://goo.gl/maps/vCYWMaQxAA4tbphN8
Park Information: 
Angeles National Forest - Home (usda.gov