Empire Mine State Historic Park

Grass Valley, California 95945

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Empire Mine State Historic Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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, wind through a mature mixed evergreen forest and remnants of California’s gold rush legacy.

To get an idea of the amazing catacomb that exists under your feet when you hike at Empire Mine State Historic Park, the displays in the park’s visitor center are a mustsee, especially the scale model of the mine’s guts, which will blow your mind. The woodland above doesn’t hint at the complex man-made maze below, but knowing that a labyrinth weaves through the depths is a provocative enhancement to a walk in this park."

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Trail Information

Grass Valley
Nearby City
Trail Type
Dirt and gravel paths, dirt roadway.
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley 95945; (530) 273-8522; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=499 Empire Mine Park Association; www.empiremine.org
Local Contacts
USGS Grass Valley CA; online at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=499 (click on park brochure); available for a small fee at gift shop in visitor center.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018