Best trails in Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Empire Mine State Historic Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Empire Mine State Historic Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
530-273-8522
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Hardrock and Osborn Hills Loop Trail
Empire Mine State Historic Park
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Length: 6.1 km • Est. 1 h 49 m
Note: This park is only open to locals and passive walk ins. There is NO vehicular access and parking lots are closed. Walk around Empire Mine State Historic Park and explore several smaller abandoneShow more
#2 - Hardrock Trail Loop
Empire Mine State Historic Park
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Length: 3.9 km • Est. 1 h 6 m
Note: This park is only open to locals and passive walk ins. There is NO vehicular access and parking lots are closed.Show more