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Almaden Quicksilver County Park is in the southern end of San Jose, California, in the hills overlooking Silicon Valley. The park occupies the site of a former quicksilver (aka mercury) mine that at one time was among the largest of its kind in the world. Relics of the mine still stand at the park. The park includes over 34.2 miles of hiking trails, including 23 miles of equestrian trails and 10 miles of bike trails.

13 days ago

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1 month ago

Trail is a bit beaten by all the rain, but beautiful and well shaded. Be ready for water crossings and ankle turning areas right now.

trail running
1 month ago

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1 month ago

This is truly one of my favorite trails in the South Bay. Gorgeous oak trees with dappled shade grow up to the trail with little streams that cross the path in the winter. We did the trail after a huge storm had passed a few days earlier, so there was lots of water, erosion in the path, and broken limbs/felled trees. Due to the climate in this area, there was very little mud since the path is constantly exposed to the sun. Definitely a must-do in the winter, but only early in the day in the summer. There's some cool ruins of the old Buena Vista foundation on Randol Trail where they mined for cinnabar and mercury ore. Lots of baby plants/new growth line the trail in the undergrowth right now thanks to all the rains, and a few wildflowers were spotted as well! (did this trail in the middle of January).

Enjoy, keep it clean, and drink plenty of water!

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1 month ago