Big Horn Mine

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Trail Distance: 3.9 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 40 min
Elevation Gain: 633 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description

The Big Horn Mine Trail is a pawsomely adventurous trek to take your fur baby on. You and your pup can hit the trailhead at Vincent Gap which is a half an hour's drive from the rural, but very pretty town of Valermyo in California. This trail starts right from the Vincent Gap parking lot and so is easy to find. You and pup can hike as far as the old Big Horn Mine ruins where the trail terminates, then you need to turn around and make your way back again.

The Big Horn Mine trail is quite a strenuous hike and one which is best done from the beginning of springtime through to late fall. The conditions here in winter are too harsh for it to be a comfortable out there for you and your fur buddy. Keep your pup on their leash as there are places along the trail where there are steep drops on either side, and you don't want to risk your fur buddy slipping down any of those. There are loose rocks on the trail in some parts too so watch your footing. If you need to take a rest in the shade or your fur baby needs to, you can, as you'll pass through lots of wooded areas on the trail. 

The mountain scenery on this hike is superb. Your pup might not notice the paw-some panoramic views out over the hills and the San Gabriel River Basin, but you will. Take plenty of energy replenishing snacks for both of you, plus lots of water too. You and pup will be working up an appetite and thirst. 

Once you arrive at the mine, you'll find there are some good spots for you and your fur buddy to chill out and recoup. The scenic vistas from in front of the old excavation are exceptional, but the mine itself is not a safe place to go exploring as it's been abandoned for too long. Have a pup-tastic adventure!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines, Rocky, Loose Terrain
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Watch out for bees at the mine, and rattlesnakes during the day. Avoid hiking here at night as there are mountain lions in the area.
Address
Big Horn Mine Rd
Valyermo, CA 93544
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Address
Big Horn Mine Rd
Valyermo, CA 93544
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset