Empire Street Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Barry Parr, Hiking The Sierra Nevada (Falcon Guides).
"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"
--Tracy Salcedo- Chourre, Best Hikes Near Sacramento (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
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