Looking for a great trail in Almaden Quicksilver County Park, California? AllTrails has 27 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 19 moderate trails in Almaden Quicksilver County Park ranging from 2.6 to 16.1 miles and from 285 to 1,689 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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
5 days ago

Easy enough trail. Lots of trail runners and hikers. Nice enough views, and there’s a bit where you hike along the water which is really peaceful.

trail running
20 days ago

The trail is great for anyone looking for a moderate challenge. I ran this with a friend in the spring/summertime and started early. the paths we're clear the views we're great and the paths we're wide. There are several locations to switch paths and head back down the hill.

One mile up hill and another downhill. Left side has a lot of shade.

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

Moderate trail I ran it end to end in light rain may 2019. Great views of the old mining rigs. Helps you remember life in the valley before technology.

on Quicksilver Trail

hiking
1 month ago

super beautiful hike. brought my two dogs with me & they loved it as well. I will definitely be visiting again in the future!

Love this trail with lots of shades, and enough elevation for exercise.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! If you go counterclockwise like suggested, the trail starts out very wide and gets narrow about halfway through after reaching the top. Great views of the hills in the first half and of San Jose in the second half. Not too difficult, with a moderate incline up to the top of the hike. As others have said, the first half is mostly unshaded and the second half is mostly shaded. Took us just around 2 hours going at a moderate pace.

easy trail but less shade . would recommend to go in evenings. Be aware of rattles snakes

I highly recommend this Trails. It’s definitely a favorite and a great work out for those whom get a high from a good incline.

There's a lot of parking and parking is free. Public restroom is available. The trail is not too crowded. There's a lot of shades but I still would recommend to wear a hat/cap and bring a decent amount of fluids to hydrate specially on a hot sunny day. It's mostly lose rocks so be sure to wear the right shoes i.e. trail hiking shoes. Perfect for sprint training. I just gave four stars because there are quite a few dog poops along the trail. But overall nice trail.

Narrow trail at times and watch for rattlesnakes... saw two.

Yeehaw!!!

on Quicksilver Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome running trail with just the right amount of incline! Half of the trail is sunny and half is shady. And on a clear day you can see all the way to downtown San Jose.

Easy hike, great for new hikers, children, or people with dogs. Passed a lot of mountain bikers too. Not a lot of shade so might be very hot in the summer. Lots of parking at the start of the Access Trail.

It starts from a residential area, you can park your car anywhere in the street. There were a lot of families with kids starting the trail, but normally pick shorter trails since it’s easier for them. It’s a long beautiful dry loop and if you take it easy it takes around 3.5 hours. It gets even prettier on the way back when you hit prospect trail #3. The path gets narrow and very green. Lots of lizards, and saw a tiny snake.

trail running
1 month ago

This is a good loop as you get some great views during your run or hike. It’s got some wicked climbs that test you no matter how many times you run it. It’s best to run in the early morning during the Summer. It’s got some shade but also quite a bit of exposed sections.

Absolutely beautiful trail. I found it to be on the easy-moderate side. Not too many inclines and lots of beautiful views. Lots of lush trails and gentle hills. You could easily make this hike longer — we encountered many forks in this trail that allowed us to customize our route. With that in mind, very easy to get off track so keep your map handy if you’re not experienced.

Must go now before wild flowers are gone. Nice and easy hike with great views.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

the trail is good. it has a lot of claim and parts of it you have to get off the bike. however, it's a great trail over all.

A lot of shades and good views

hiking
blowdown
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful views. A good mix of uphill, flat, and downhill if you like to trail run.

A little rocky on some parts of mine hill and random trail. Watch your speed.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Trail is great for pups. Some areas are very steep was a bit rough on his paws

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice, kid friendly hike. Offers various attractions. Starts with a wide trail with a moderate incline and plenty of sunshine, then varies with more shaded areas, passing by a reservior and a dam which you can walk on, and finishing with a narrow trail inside the woods. Recommended!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Nice and shaded, stream is flowing and pleasant. Open areas have lots of tiny wildflowers. Moderate hike but not difficult. Only had time to go partway, will definitely come back to do the whole loop.

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