Empire Street Trail

Empire Mine State Historic Park, California

Elevation Gain75ft
Trailhead Elevation2,677ft
Elevation Min/Max2629/2678ft
Elevation Start/End2677/2677ft

Empire Street Trail

Empire Street Trail is a hiking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Empire Mine State Historic Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 2,677 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 75 feet. The Visitor Center information is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Bourn Cottage attraction can be seen along the trail. There are also parking and a fountain along the trail.

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Barry Parr
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"This is not a pristine forest hike, but a bosky ramble of considerable historical interest. The Empire Mine was the richest hard-rock mine in California. During its 106year working life, miners dug 5. 8 million ounces of gold out from 367 miles of drifts and slopes reaching more than a mile into the earth. After closing in 1956, water has flooded the tunnels, and woods have overgrown the once heavily industrialized landscape. Following a network of old roads, this route visits a brace of historic mining ruins now managed as an 805-acre state park."
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Tracy Salcedo- Chourre
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"Beneath your feet, 367 miles of carefully constructed tunnels wind through the ore beds of the Empire Mine. Aboveground, Empire Mine State Historic Park maintains a much smaller system of trails that, instead of burrowing through rock, winds through a mature mixed evergreen forest and accesses remnants of California’s gold rush legacy"
"Visiting Empire Mine State Park is almost like a stroll back through time. Many of the mine buildings and equipment remain, as well as the palatial grounds and extensive rose garden of the mine’s former owner. You can easily spend much of the day simply visiting the mine’s infrastructure, including the mouth of the mine’s ominous 5000-foot-deep shaft, but the park also boasts an extensive trail system, with a series of loops that feature old tailings piles, abandoned mine shafts, stamp-mill foundations, and a pleasant walk through a mixed oak and conifer forest. This is an ideal family outing, offering a wide variety of walking options and a fun and educational glimpse of California’s mining history."

Empire Street Trail Trip Reports

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Our family really enjoyed exploring this area. The scale model in the visitor center is really cool. I highly recommend checking this out.

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Trail Information

Empire Mine State Historic Park
Nearby City
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley 95945; (530) 2738522; www.empiremine.org
Local Contacts
USGS Grass Valley CA; online at www .parks .ca .gov/?page_id=25137; available for a small fee at gift shop in visitor center
Local Maps

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