Big Rock Creek Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"A hardy ten-stamp mill stands intact on the stalwart slopes of Mount Baden-Powell. Follow an old wagon route to the mine and enjoy the scenery of Mount Baldy and the rugged East Fork of the San Gabriel River."
--Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel, Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"The trail is an unsigned wagon road to the left and below the path for Mount Baden-Powell/PCT. It is easy to find -just look for the “road closed” sign. This is the old mine road that used to convey wagons loaded with ore and dreams of the miners of yore. The path follows the wagon-carved road the entire way to the mine, so the trail is especially easy to follow and well maintained. It is a bit rocky, but as long as your dogs are relatively conditioned, this short trail should be no big deal."
--Allen Riedel, Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
Pretty easy trail, with some rough patches with lots of scree. Botanically, there are a lot of unusal plants you don't see often in the San Gabriels, like flannelbush and stream helleborine. The mine itself is spectacularly dramatic, when you finally get to it.
Nice. I'm no pro, but this trail is a good start for the newbies. Once you get to the Mine be careful exploring it. It's a lot of old stuff that looks like it's about to collapse. Enjoy the views on the way up. Graffiti was upsetting. Not sure about the water that's there. My dog drank from it & she seems OK.
Trail can get tricky in places, I used my trekking pole's and they helped.. Plenty to explore, but BE CAREFULL! Water was flowing out of a couple mine shafts, but I would bring your own or filter it out.
Fun Hike and a good workout.
Beautiful scenery for not too much effort. Trail eroded in places, but passable with caution. Great mine ruins at the end. Mine was blocked off but one can easily pass through -- bring a flashlight for exploring.
My husband and I headed on this hike Sunday morning 05/18. The trail is fairly easy to find. It's the last parking lots and trail head post before the road closures on Highway 2. The mine trail is clearly marked as "Mine Gulch." The first 1/3 of the hike is on a wide dirt road sloping gently down hill. After about 3/4 miles, the trail gets a little more tricky in a couple places from falling rock, but is still well marked and easy to follow. Just don't look down if you're afraid of heights! The final bend in the trail lends a spectacular view of Mt. Baldy, which was still covered with some remaining snow. The Big Horn Mine itself is spectacular and well worth the hike. There's quite a bit to explore in the area, but be careful of the loose rock which has a fair amount of broken glass. We ended up trekking out quite a few water bottles and wrappers. If you go, please be sure to pick up your own trash and help preserve this treasure. Fantastic hike! Pictures of our hike are available at www.over40adventures.com.
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