Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Trail Distance: 14 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min +
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: $5
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

Hiking is golden here in California, and there are puptastic trails just waiting for you and Fido at the Empire Mine State Historic Park. Located in Grass Valley, this central-eastern portion of the state is where you can enjoy your day with your fur-ever friend by your side.

The park offers 14 miles of trails within its 800 acres. There are two different sets of trails located in the park. The Hardrock Trails and Union Hill Trails offer a mix of pup-friendly dirt and paved paths to hike where you can explore this gorgeous area.

Pick up the trailhead for the Hardrock Trails in the visitor’s center parking lot of the park itself. Head to the southeast corner of the lot and off you go! There are numerous trails here of varied lengths encircling all the park’s attractions and amenities. The longest trail runs here which is a 3.5-mile loop taking you through the area’s forests.

Access for the Union Hill Trails is situated on the other side of Colfax Highway, but is part of the park and accessible from the main entrance. Union Hill Trails offer variety and varying lengths where you can enjoy a less-traveled path with your pup! The forest grows dense here and wildlife can be expected. 

The park highlights the mining industry where over 5.8-million ounces of gold was found over a 100-year period before 1956, when the mines were closed. This area has become a tourist attraction where tours of the mine are given.

Trails allow use for hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and jogging. Be sure to keep your pup on leash here for everyone’s safety. Cleaning up after them is a must to keep this park pup-friendly. Water and restrooms are near the visitor’s center.

Check out the Empire Mine State Historic Park for a hiking adventure not soon to be forgotten.

Trail Features
Forest, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Poison Oak grows alongside the trail. Please keep yourself and your pup on the dirt paths to avoid contact.
Address
10791 East Empire St.
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu 10:00 AM - 12:01 PM
Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Address
10791 East Empire St.
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu 10:00 AM - 12:01 PM
Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM