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Empire Mine to discuss trail closures

Users of Empire Mine trails are invited to discuss realignments in the Osborn Hill area of the state park.

Superintendent Ron Munson will hold a public workshop and hike on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Empire Mine State Historic Park.

Portions of the Osborn Hill trail network were closed in January after environmental studies showed elevated levels of arsenic and lead. These metals are naturally occurring but were brought to the surface during a century of gold mining in the region.

An open house with maps and information will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Visitors should enter through the main visitor parking lot and into the mine yard to the docent building.

A workshop with a presentation and question and answer period will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

Those who want a hiking tour should meet at the Penn Gate parking lot at 2 p.m. wearing good hiking shoes. Drinking water and weather appropriate clothing is also recommended. The hike will continue until 5 p.m. unless rain cancels the event.

California State Parks is examining a plan to re-open closed areas and are testing proposed new trail routes for metal concentrations. For more information contact the visitor center at 273-8522.

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