Gibraltar Dam and the Mercury Mine.
[out of 5]
|For:||Very long, exposed to the sun, some hills if you go to the mine. Rates a 3 if you just go to the dam.|
Hiking to the Dam is mostly hiking along a fire road, but the views are worth it. The mine is an interesting historical curiosity. Before it was cleaned up, I imagined Twilight Zone episodes being filmed there. The mine sits perched above Gibraltar Reservoir, making it a pleasant, lakeside destination for lunch.
You will need an Adventure PassPass to park your car in the area.
The hike to Red Rock is only about 1 mile or less, but you will get your feet wet sloshing through the creek.
The dam is a 6 mile round trip hike, and the mercury mine is a 10 mile round trip hike. You can bicycle these hikes, too.