Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley is the site of one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. In existence for more than 100 years, the mine produced 5.6 million ounces of gold before it closed in 1956. (5.6 million ounces of gold is equivalent to a box seven feet long, seven feet high, and seven feet deep filled with gold.) The park contains many of the mines buildings, the owner's home and restored gardens, as well as the entrance to 367 miles of abandoned and flooded mine shafts. The park consists of forested backcountry and eight miles of trails.

Nice little hike if you're visiting the mine. Kid friendly.

Great trail to take the kids on! Many pieces of mining history along the trail to explore.

Great trail for walking. Watch out for horse droppings!

Great in-town hike with varied terrain and loop choices that ring the park grounds. Used by locals daily. You share the trail with fellow friendly hikers, bikers, horse riders, and dogs on leash. Return so you can experience the historic state park gold rush learning inside the gate.

Great place for a walk with the kids and dog. Or a trail run.

Love this place!

Nice morning hike.

Good morning hike. Easy to navigate. Worked up a nice sweat.

My whole family loved it. Our little army ranges in age from 8 to 40 years old. Easy and fun for all.

9 months ago

Right next to my house and one of my regular hike/walks. Lot's of little off shoots. My doggie Chloe always loved it. ♡

Hardrock trail started out nice but the last mile is along the main road, no bueno.

It's was fun lot of people using the trail, not to hard of a walk

What a great day. Hiked with good friends after enjoying a wonderful lunch at one of the many shaded picnic tables. I will definitely be doing this one again.
Has just enough traffic so a lone hiker will feel safe. Park has easy to follow signs and more than one trail to choose from.
A definite 5 rating!!!!

Great spot. Love being around Empire Mine.

Great for families and dogs that love to be leashed. Grateful they have preserved this piece of history and that it has geocaches here. I would call this a neighborhood park more than a place to hike.

This was a wonderful hike for our family. We will have to go again and see if there is another way to end the 5 mile loop. The last stretch was next to the busy road, which it why I only gave it a 4 instead of 5, but the rest of the trail was wonderful.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Easy. Nice short loops.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Very nice moderate walk

Beautiful loop. You can see the mine grounds, but can't enter without a fee - although the museum/visitors center is free. Some steep climbs.

Great ride with some good uphill climbs & some great technical riding from beginner to advanced riders

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