Hacienda Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Park at the Mockingbird Hill entrance
Quite steep at times. can be tricky for small children. great views, though.
Did it in under 2 hours. Started at 8, before the sun was out, so it was great! Some slopes are definitely steep but that just adds to the character of this trail.
it was quite hot and looked like a desert. the scenery was beautiful in a couple places but not too much shade, so try not to go on a hot day. the steep trail can also be slippery so be careful going down!
Hacienda is not your friend but your booty will thank you. These hills are steep and long. Definitely will feel accomplished after.
Very nice views but to get there you need to go through a bit strenuous climbs.
Not recommended for a hot days. The trail is mostly in the open area so you get tired quite easily.
Great for kids! Most of the hike has shade and that definitely helps
Took the back way and started out on Vital Trail... Steep enough to give me a great leg & bun workout... Then enjoyed the 2 overlooks that I came across to take a breather... Rounding the end of the trail it gets quite steep... Slipped once and then took it slow... It's not an easy trail by far... I'd say moderate... Beautiful views of San Jose.... Not much wildlife... A few people on the trail... Not crowded on a Monday! Oh there are park rangers that drive through on occasion. Nice trails... Worth the effort!
Trails to kick your butt!
Been going to quicksilver since i was a kid. It always gives me peace of mind especially after a rough work week. I love it.
My family and dogs love these trails! Depending on our energy level, we have three choices of short, medium , and long hikes here. It's beautiful! Full views of San Jose valley floor, creeks, turkeys, hawks and deer. Love this trail!
Hot Hot Hot and dry...and it was only May! Definitely bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and lip balm. The history of mercury mining is something to pay attention to. Place-based education at its best with the plant & animal communities alongside rusted buildings and polluted waters that are the reminders of our lasting cultural impact.
I just wrote an article about a hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Because of limited time, I have just done this one hike, but it was so enjoyable, I plan to go back and do the rest (the park has about 30 miles of trails). The museum and cottages are interesting, too.
The trail is fairly steep coming down Deep Gulch, but hiking poles are still optional.
This is one of my favorite trails. I admit the scenery is not the most picturesque at times, there are multiple power lines and towers along the route and a view of the highway, depending on the side you are on, but the trails themselves are amazing. They vary in steepness and difficulty and the trails are long and great for hiking. If you want a challenge, you must do this trail!
Gaze at beautiful wildflowers in the spring on the old mine hills of New Almaden. My favorite flora there is Maiden Hair which, in early spring, you'll find in the shady crevices under ferns and mostly valley oak. The trails can become pretty hot during the summertime so always pack plenty of water. There is a mile ascent from the Hacienda entrance, Mine Hill trail, till you find a bench to rest. It's great to build your endurance going up on a mountain bike. Throughout the trails you will see historical mining landmarks, decrepit bricks broken down and bits of unusual looking mining machinery. Up further on the Mine Hill trail and to your left, you'll find English Camp, a ghost town that cradles both sides of the English Camp trail. Up over the hill of English Camp and taking the left of fork, you'll see a group of dark bone-looking trees. To see the fog settle in them is quite spooky. Before you reach the Mexican cemetary, there are tall pear cacti. If you stay on Mine Hill trail, reaching the top you'll find an incredible view of Mt. Uminum perched on the Santa Cruz Mtns. If you stay still long enough you'll no doubt see a resting hummingbird happy on a tiny limb of a shrub.
Mine Hill Trail from Hacienda to top of Bull Run and down again on a mountain bike.