Hardrock Trail

Empire Mine State Historic Park, California

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Hardrock Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Empire Mine State Historic Park. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 2,701 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 277 feet. The Empire Mine (elevation 2,697 feet) and Pennsylvania Mine (elevation 2,556 feet) quarries are near the trailhead. There are also parking, an information map, and restrooms. The Golden Treasure Mine (elevation 2,543 feet) and Orleans Mine (elevation 2,684 feet) quarries can be seen along the trail.
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Hardrock Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Empire Mine State Historic Park. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 2,701 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 277 feet. The Empire Mine (elevation 2,697 feet) and Pennsylvania Mine (elevation 2,556 feet) quarries are near the trailhead. There are also parking, an information map, and restrooms. The Golden Treasure Mine (elevation 2,543 feet) and Orleans Mine (elevation 2,684 feet) quarries can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Osborne Loop Crosscut, Stacey Lane Crosscut Trail, Stacey Lane Trail and Orleans Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Empire Mine State Historic Park
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 277 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,701 feet
Top Elevation: 2,710 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Empire Mine State Historic Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2523/2710 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2701/2701 ft

Hardrock Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Over six million ounces of gold were removed from these hills during the 100 years the mines were in operation. A walk through the park along the two-mile Hardrock Trail takes you by mines, machinery, and buildings connected with hard-rock gold mining. The trail also highlights a nice bit of Sierra-foothill scenery. Terrain: Gravel road and dirt path through conifer-forested Sierra Nevada foothills."

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Jun 2018