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Best trails in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

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Looking for a great trail in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, California? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park ranging from 2.4 to 5.5 miles and from 3,008 to 3,681 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California's largest "hydraulic" mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains a 7,847 foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain. The visitor center has exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield. From October through April, the western slope of the Sierra receives between 40 and 60 annual inches of rainfall. Snow is common at higher elevations. Spring, summer and fall temperatures range from the high 50s to the mid-80s. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

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Map of trails in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
530-265-2740
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Top trails (6)
#1 - Diggins Loop Trail
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Diggins Loop Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking andShow more
#2 - South Yuba River Day Hike
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
South Yuba River Day Hike is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily useShow more
#3 - Malakoff Diggins Park and South Yuba Trail Loop
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
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Length: 17.6 mi • Est. 9 h
Malakoff Diggins Park and South Yuba Trail Loop is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers aShow more
#4 - Blair Trail
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
Blair Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, waShow more
#5 - Rim Trail and Slaughterhouse Trail Loop
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Rim Trail and Slaughterhouse Trail Loop is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#6 - Humbug Trail [CLOSED]
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
As of April 2020, The Humbug Creek Trail that runs from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to South Yuba River State Park is closed due to major tree and soil failures on the southern portion of theShow more