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.

I hike this trail frequently for a quick 1-2hour trek with my dogs. I love the variety of easy trails and turn offs.

Great walk run bike

As a local, this is one of my favorite walks. Shady in the summer, beautiful in the fall, can be muddy in the winter. Dogs, horses and even lamas have been present on these trails. Near the Empire Mine Entrance is a clean bathroom that can come in handy. I’d recommend this trail to people visiting Grass Valley for sure.

3 months ago

Beautiful walk, esp in the fall. The last part is along a road, outside of the mine, so not ideal with cars going by but still a nice walk. Then through the woods again back to parking.

trail running
5 months ago

Beautiful in the spring and fall. parking can be tight on weekend mornings. great for trail running or mountain bikes.

I’d say it’s a boring local trail. No views. The loop at some point takes you along the hwy, not very pleasant to walk with the dogs. There’s really nothing to this trail. I see why locals enjoy it: close by, easy. Maybe winter, fall, spring be a little better. Definitely not a summer trail.

Park itself is very nice. Definitely worth checking it out.

It can get confusing. Trails are awesone. Vistor center doesn't open till 10 a.m.

Lots to see along the trails.

Nice wide trail, best to walk on weekdays. It gets a bit busy on weekends.

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Great trail for walking. Watch out for horse droppings!

Monday, January 01, 2018

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.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Love this place!

Nice morning hike.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

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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