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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.

hiking
2 days 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!

Hiked counter-clockwise it is a moderate trail with a mostly gradual incline. The opposite direction might be considered difficult for the somewhat steep early incline up to Mine Hill via the Deep Gulch trail. Plenty of shade as well as some exposed parts make it a nice mix. Truly enjoyed this hike on a cool winter day

scenic driving
1 month ago

Great hike and love that it's dog friendly!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike!

Great! Peaceful and great mix of shade and sun.

on Quicksilver Trail

3 months ago

I'm not sure where the loop for this hike is but I took another close by. It was beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

Nice loop hike on an overcast summer day. No views from Church Hill, but some good overlooks on the way there. Watch for poison oak!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail to do on a summer morning before the heat sets in. Nice uphill to challenge at the beginning and then good views along the ridge before descending back into the valley

hiking
4 months ago

Pros: Free. Wide trail. Very few hikers. Some shade. Nice bathroom at the parking area.
Cons: Not a breeze. Many flies.

Nice trail for beginners. Periodic tree shades makes it easier to get going even in sun. Lake view is rejuvenating. Parking is easy and available on streets on Sunday noon I visited.

Great loop! Walk alongside Guadalupe Creek, views of the Reservoir going up. Going down on Mine trail had great views of Almaden Valley. This trail was mostly shady in afternoon.

hiking
4 months ago