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Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Nevada City, California
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

good trails, not difficult. best in spring or fall, hot in summer. diggins are interesing and a good educational tool about old mining processes. the museum is great, but might be closed now due to lack of funds. cheap cabins to rent. a good spot to stay and explore the area..4-wheel drive is a good idea and don't use GPS in the area (get a forest service map).shop on the way up, one small store within 10 miles

Visited April 2013
2 Thank KimRJ
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Nevada City, California
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7 reviews
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“Malakoff Diggins Stat Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Malakoff Diggins

This was one of the California State Parks slated for possible closure. It is kept open with a skeleton crew. However the experience has not changed. This is a great day or multiday trip for all ages! The campground is currently closed although there are cabins available through Reserve America beginning in early May. There is also a beautiful BLM campground, South Yuba River Campground, just 6 miles to the west. There are no reservations.

What's there:
1. The museum. There is a small but very interesting museum with relics from gold mining days. Plenty of historical info can be found here too. The museum is run by very friendly docents who are very committed to providing great service to visitors.
2. Trails.
There are several trails, very short to several hours long. Some take one into the heart of the diggins, areas where workers worked large, powerful water cannons, washing away the local hillsides to move the fine gold into locations where it could be settled out and extracted. These areas are feed by springs from the hillsides above and there are many wetlands in the lower diggins areas.

The rim trail can be taken to provide a loop or semi-loop hike of a few hours. It traverses the area above the diggins providing panoramic views of the diggins below. The trail takes one through oak, manzanita and pine forest. Be sure to take a couple of liters of water in warmer months.
The Hiller Tunnel is an interesting, very short hike, which is best negotiated, in waterproof footwear. The tunnel was built to drain the vast volume of gravels, silt and water from the hydraulic mining operation. It is a bit claustrophobic as it is dark and wet but exciting for kids especially.
The Blair is large “pond” which is reached by a short trail at the east end of the park. Bring your fishing pole as there are perch, bass and trout. Currently catch and release is the policy. Swimming is allowed.
Humbug Trail. This is an interesting 2.5+ mile one-way hike (5 mile round trip) to the South Fork of the Yuba River. This makes for a longer day (allow 4 hours) but the river is a fine destination with swimming and fishing options. Much of this trail is in the shade under pine and oak forest. Water is available along the way if you bring a filter. Otherwise, bring a couple of liters especially in the summer.
3. North Bloomfield. North Bloomfield is the name of the town adjacent to the Malakoff Diggins. There are many historical buildings maintained in good condition. Some may be open on weekends for viewing. There are nice picnicking areas near the museum.

The Tahoe National Forest Headquarters was once housed in a building down Relief Hill Rd a few hundred yards, on the right. The building also served as a temporary site for the Malakoff School (K-8th grades) in 1983 for several months. Heating was provided by a wood fired furnace that is still there. The last time I observed it a couple of years ago, there were signs warning of asbestos in the basement. There are two large Sequoiadendron giganteum (Sierra redwoods) on the grounds. These were obviously planted as the nearest redwood grove is at least 50 miles of North Bloomfield south (in the vicinity of Foresthill).

Visited October 2012
5 Thank Joaquin H
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san francisco
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75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“Amazing! Great little ghost town.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

The town of North Bloomfield (formerly known in the 1800s as Humbug!), is somewhat of a ghost town now. The sign says population 8-12 but once there were over 1200? or even 2000 inhabitants. About 30 buildings remain, including a saloon, mercantile, soda fountain, drugstore, and stables and residences. You can wander around and look in through the windows or take the tour (1:30 on F, Sat, or Sun - though that may change with the season and funding). The person leading the tour is phenomenally knowledgeable and you can go into the (otherwise locked) buildings. In addition there are apple trees, pear trees, cherry trees, and sweet peas that the original inhabitants planted. Finally, there is a great view of the "diggins" and also a wonderful drainage tunnel that you can go through..... not for the faint of heart or those scared of the dark!

Visited July 2013
5 Thank aatimes2
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Nevada City, CA
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60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Historic Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Fun to visit Malakoff Diggins...and learn a little more about the history of hydraulic gold mining in California.......as devastating to the earth as you may find that!! I think this park was on the list to close with CA budget woes, and volunteers agreed to keep it open.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Mary12191
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Nevada City, California, United States
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Gold in Them Thar Hills”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Excellent place to get a feel for California hard rock mining. There are walking and horse trails (bring your own horse). Gold and machinery displays are interesting but my favorite is the model of the mine tunnels under the surrounding Grass Valley area. You never know what is below!

Visited May 2013
3 Thank Suz537
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