This route actually goes down a few different trails and doesn't fully follow the mine trail so be wary of that if trying to follow sign markers. Share with bikers, but mostly wide trails. See all Almaden Quicksilver County Park trails. On average it takes 44 minutes to complete this trail. 16.4mi — 1h 55m The New Almaden Quicksilver mine in San Jose California, is the oldest and most productive Quicksilver (i.e., mercury) mine in the U.S. The Mine Hill Trail continues north to meet the northern end of the Guadalupe Trail and the New Almaden Trail crossing. For more information visit: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/parkfinder/pages/almadenpark.aspx, Almaden Quicksilver County Park website The first half is very hot without shadows. At the top of the first hill, it continues south and southeast where it descends towards the shores of Guadalupe Reservoir. The park is the site of over 135 years of mining activities, former… I hit just over 10 but that was with going off trail for about a half a mile. Almaden Valley, CA Intermediate. Neighborhood parking at the trailhead and a few porta potty‘s towards the beginning of the trail. Three years before gold was discovered in California, the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine was already refining cinnabar for the purpose of extracting mercury, making it the first mining operation in the state. Elevation gain and loss are gradual so it's a good trail for mountain biking. The Hacienda Trail, in the southern half of the park Located in the high hills above suburban Almaden Valley, Almaden Quicksilver is a very scenic park with a nice blend of oak woodland and open meadows. Overall nice hike. Trails.com member Russ M. recently completed Senador Mine Trail. Great trail if you're looking for distance. For Hike Number 21, I ventured just a few miles south of Silicon Valley to Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Pretty steep in places. This mountain bike primary trail can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating with a 916 ft blue climb. It's one of my favorite places, especially in the rain. Trails in Almaden Quicksilver County Park - 18. The trails in the park are primarily fire roads, with the exception of the 6-mile long New Almaden Trail and a few short trails such as the Prospect #3 Trail and Yellow Kid Trail. Image from eventbrite.com. The junction, called Bull Run on the map, is a logical place for a rest stop, with a few shaded picnic benches on the right. The Mockingbird Hill entrance is accessed off Mockingbird Hill Lane. The park may be accessed from three areas. The northern part of the park has a suburban feel, while the southern part is more rugged and a … The Mine Hill Trail begins near the McAbee entrance to the park and continues uphill to the west. Nothing really special about this trail and they were quite a few bugs on the day that I hiked. Parked in neighborhoods near trail head no problems. This park is the site of the first quicksilver (mercury) mining operation in California, and also the most productive mine in state history. Overall, very much enjoyed this hike and would do again/recommend. This route has an elevation gain of about 390.3 ft and is rated as medium. All said and done my watch GPS told me the full trail was closer to 10 miles. A broad, well-maintained trail that traverses Almaden Quicksilver Park. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Almaden Valley, CA 4 2.9 mi 4.7 km #5 Hacienda Trail. With over 30 miles of trails, there’s lots to … A steady climb to the slopes of Mount Umunhum takes you through a beautiful landscape once actively mined for quicksilver. Elevations in the park range from … The trails can be a bit crowded on beautiful spring weekends. Driving directions: From Highway 85 in San Jose, take the Almaden Expressway exit south 4.5 miles to Almaden Road. Great ascent at the beginning. This was just a little short hike at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. It is also steeped in California history. For most part the trails are wide and not too steep. Good trail! http://www.sccvote.org/portal/site/parks/parksarticle?path=%252Fv7%252FParks%2520and%2520Recreation%. Moderate trail I ran it end to end in light rain may 2019. Our short hair pit had about 15 total on him. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Would agree with the rating of "hard". Mine Hill Trail in Almaden Quicksilver Park was slightly busy, but I believe it was due to the fact that hiking is one of the few things open right now. Elevations in the park range from around 400' at … Absolutely gorgeous views of the Bay Are and Santa Cruz mountains. Healthy Trails Hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park September 11, 2011 / 1 Comment / in Recreation / by Therese Swan Join a Park Docent on a moderately challenging 4.5-mile hike along the Wood Road, Castillero, and Mine Hill Trails. The most popular trail is Mine Hill Trail. Views of San Jose and there is some shade too. Has several panoramic view points. This ride does the biggest bike loop that is possible in this park, along with a couple of minor side trips. Go 0.5 miles on Almaden Road to Mockingbird Hill Lane, turn right and go 0.4 miles to the parking area. Mine Hill Trail Loop is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Trail was very stroller friendly. Great views! Almaden Quicksilver McAbee Mine Trail New Almaden Trail is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. I hiked counterclockwise, total of 9 miles which took me 3 hours. Almaden Quicksilver County Park Mountain Bike Trail, Buena Vista, New Almaden, and Randol Trail, Viri O. Norton, Hacienda, English Camp and Randol Trail Loop, Hacienda, Randol, and Buena Vista Trail Loop, Buena Vista Trail to Virl O Norton Trail Loop, Deep Gulch, Castillero, Mine Hill, Prospect #3 and Randol Trail Loop, New Almaden, Randol, Santa Isabel and Hacienda Trail Loop, Hacienda Trail, Church Hill, and Mine Hill Trail Loop, Bay Area Ridge Trail: Almaden Quicksilver County Park, Bay Area Ridge Trail: Santa Teresa County Park and Calero/Los Alamitos Creeks Trail, https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/parkfinder/pages/almadenpark.aspx, http://www.sccvote.org/portal/site/parks/parksarticle?path=%252Fv7%252FParks%2520and%2520Recreation. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking. Pretty exposed. Daniel E. Porter, Intern / The Chronicle Show More Show Less 5 of 7 The Mine Hill Trail at the Almaden Quicksilver County Park in San Jose rewards hikers with views of the city. At over 8 miles with substantial elevation gain, this is a rugged but satisfying hike into the history of the South Bay before it became famous as Silicon Valley. Santa Rosa, Sky Lane and Valley View Trails, Buena Vista, New Almaden, and Randol Trail, Viri O. Norton, Hacienda, English Camp and Randol Trail Loop, Hacienda, Randol, and Buena Vista Trail Loop, Buena Vista Trail to Virl O Norton Trail Loop, Webb Canyon, New Almaden and Mine Hill Loop, Webb Canyon, New Almaden, Cinnabar, Mine Hill, Randol and Prospect #3 Loop, Hacienda Trail, Church Hill, and Mine Hill Trail Loop, Bay Area Ridge Trail: Almaden Quicksilver County Park, New Almaden, Mine Hill and Guadalupe Trail Loop. Most dropped off by mile 3. The Guadalupe Trail, which starts at a junction with the Mine Hill Trail and the New Almaden Trail, heads west and drops down into the valley of Guadalupe Creek. The Site was known to the Ohlone for its cinnabar long before a Mexican settler became aware of the ores in 1820. Currently there is a trail closure of Randol Trail, which makes planning a route a little more tricky – it either ends up just as a short one, or a bit longer than anticipated! It starts with a big up hill at the beginning going clockwise. This hike from Almaden Quicksilver County Park in southern San Jose tours the rusting remains of what once was one of the largest mercury-mining operations in the world. Almaden Quicksilver County Park - Mine Hill Trail is a 4.3 mile (10,000-step) route located near San Jose, California, USA. The abandoned structures are fun to see. Was shaded for at least 2/3 of the hike and was very enjoyable. Parking is in a neighborhood. Almaden Quicksilver County Park has the rolling hills and native oaks typical of Southern San Jose. Mine Hill Trail Loop is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The Mine Hill region of the park includes English Camp, San Cristobal mine, a short section of mineshaft and the hulk of a large processing plant. Almaden Quick Silver Mine Hill Loop Trail. Near Almaden Valley, California. Good workout! Mostly fire road with some sections of single-track trail as options. Almaden Quicksilver is an old Mercury mine that was taken over by the county park system in the 1970's and has since been slowly restored. The New Almaden Trail, which has been approaching along the hillsides from the south, crosses the Mine Hill Trail and drops down through a narrow valley to its end at the Senador Mine Trail. A mine diorama duplicates the interior of … The New Almaden Trail, which has been approaching along the hillsides from the south, crosses the Mine Hill Trail and drops down through a narrow valley to its end at the Senador Mine Trail. Sat 7 March 2020 ... Almaden Quicksilver County Park is located at:21785 Almaden Rd San Jose, CA 95120. Mine Hill is a 5 mile popular dirt/gravel road trail located near San Jose California. Hiking the New Almaden and Mine Hill Trail Loop by David Baselt June 29, 2011 / in Recreation / by Therese Swan One of our outdoors-loving loyal readers sent us this fantastic article on Redwood Hikes featuring the New Almaden and Mine Hill Trails in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. This ride does the biggest bike loop that is possible in this park, along with a couple of minor side trips. Definitely good option if you are looking for moderately long hike. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking. See all Almaden Quicksilver County Park trails. Near Almaden Valley, California. The trail was entirely ours until 9 AM, when we started noticing incoming traffic increase. Didn’t quite make it to the old Mercury mines. Great views of the old mining rigs. Parking is in the neighborhood and can be a bit difficult at popular times such as evenings and the weekend. 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