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Bighorn Mine Trail


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Bighorn Mine Trail Information

Length: 1.8 miles
Type: One Way
Gain/Loss: +255'/-0'
Difficulty: Easy
Trailhead: Vincent Gap
Location: South-West of Wrightwood

Bighorn Mine Trail Elevation Profile

Bighorn Mine Trail Elevation Profile

*Elevation data provided by National Geographic Topo!*


Bighorn Mine Trail Description

The Bighorn Mine Trail is located south-west of the town of Wrightwood, on the side of Mt Baden Powell. The trail starts in the Vincent Gap Parking lot, along with the Mine Gulch Trail. Soon after the start, the Mine Gulch Trail drops down into Vincent Gulch while the Bighorn Mine Trail continues around the side of Mt Baden Powell. Less than half way through the trail there is a mining tunnel on the side of the mountain, right on the trail. As you continue around the side of the mountain, eventually you will hit the main Bighorn Mine, which has mining structures and tunnels. This area is rich in history, as mining played a role in the past of the town of Wrightwood. The mine itself is closed off, however the views from this area are amazing as you peer over Mine Gulch, down toward the San Gabriel River Basin (East Fork). Like most places in the Sheep Mountain Wilderness, you can also see Pine Mountain, Dawson Peak, Mt Baldy, Iron Mountain, Blue Ridge, and Pine Mountain Ridge.

Directions to Bighorn Mine Trail from Wrightwood

Take Hwy 2 westbound from Wrightwood, past Big Pines and up to Inspiration Point. Continue on Hwy 2 from Inspiration Point past Grassy Hollow Visitor's Center and down to the Vincent Gap parking area.

Don't forget to display a National Forest Adventure Pass in the windshield of your vehicle.

Bighorn Mine Trail Photos

Looking down toward the San Gabriel (East Fork) River Basin from the Bighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingStart of Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine Trail at Mine Gulch Trail split - Wrightwood CA Hiking
Looking up at Mt Baden Powell on Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA Hiking
Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingClosed off mining tunnel on Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingFlooded mining tunnel on Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA Hiking
Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingLooking at side of Ross Mountain (Part of Mt Baden Powell) on Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingRuins of a wood structure just off the Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA Hiking
Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingMining tunnels on Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA Hiking
Bighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingMining tunnels on Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingWater falling from mining tunnels on Bighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA HikingMt Baldy framed by Bighorn Mine stucture - Wrightwood CA Hiking
Bighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingGraffiti all over Bighorn Mine.  - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingMain mining tunnel at Bighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA Hiking
Main mining tunnel at Bighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingMain mining tunnel at Bighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine and San Gabriel Mountains - Wrightwood CA Hiking
Bighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingLooking down at Mine Gulch from Bighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine - Wrightwood CA HikingBighorn Mine Trail - Wrightwood CA Hiking

Bighorn Mine Trail Maps

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