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Hike and workshop on Osborne Hill trail changes

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

Superintendent Ron Munson will hold a public workshop on the issue and a hike in the affected area on Oct. 27 at Empire Mine State Historic Park.

Portions of the Osborne Hill trail network were closed in January after environmental studies showed elevated levels of arsenic and lead. These metals occur naturally, 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. A workshop with a presentation and question and answer period be from 10 a.m. to noon.

From the main visitor parking lot, go into the mine yard to the docent building.

For the hiking tour, meet at the Penn Gate parking lot at 2 p.m. wearing good hiking shoes. Drinking water and weather-appropriate clothing are 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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