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A day at the mine: People explore Empire Mine’s Penn Gate entrance

Families explore the remnants of the Pennsylvania Mine along the 2.1-mile Hardrock Trail over the weekend at Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley. The Hardrock Trail is one of many trails accessible from the park’s Penn Gate entrance off East Empire Street.
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The sun shines through the trees along the Hardrock Trail at Empire Mine State Historic Park.
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Vehicles fill the lot at Empire Mine State Historic Park at the Penn Gate, a popular launch spot for hikers, bike riders, and dog walkers alike.
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Dew drops collect in a leaf along one of Empire Mine’s trails.
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Remnants of Empire Mine State Historic Park’s mining history can be seen in many parts of the park past the Penn Gate entrance off East Empire Street in Grass Valley.
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A welcome sign at the Penn Gate informs users about the trail system of Empire Mine State Historic Park.
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Hikers explore the remnants of the Pennsylvania Mine along the Hardrock Trail of Empire Mine State Historic Park.
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Users along the Hardrock Trail are reminded of COVID-safe practices while using the open spaces of Empire Mine State Historic Park.
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Hikers take to the Hardrock Trail, which cuts through the majority of Empire Mine State Historic Park. The trail is also a popular location for mountain bike and horseback riders.
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Evidence of mine tailings can be seen from the trails of Empire Mine State Historic Park. It is recommended to stay on the trails to avoid coming in contact with potentially hazardous material.
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The sun shines through the clouds and trees of Empire Mine State Historic Park along the Hardrock Trail Saturday.
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It can be hard to find parking sometimes at the Empire Mine State Historic Park’s Penn Gate entrance.
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