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The drainage tunnel in the Malakoff Mine pit to the Yuba River is over 7874 feet long, and runs under Humbug Creek. Eight vertical shafts were dug to intersect the tunnel 200ft below, some of which can be seen along the Humbug Creek trail. This is Hilder Tunnel and is about 556 feet long. It served to initially drain the diggings but was replaced by the more efficient North Bloomfield Tunnel. Be sure to bring your flashlight and you can explore it, watch out for those snakes!

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