Almaden Quicksilver County Park Mountain Bike Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews

Almaden Quicksilver County Park Mountain Bike Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Almaden, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Distance: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,679 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


historic site

The historic site of the worlds second largest mercury mining operation, this scenic land offers hours adventure and exploration. The park includes over 37 miles of hiking trails, including 30 miles of equestrian trails and 16.6 miles of bike trails. All trails in the park are also open to pet owners to walk their dogs on leash. For more information visit:

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

First ride of the new year after a much needed 2 weeks of rain throughout all of the Bay Area. Grass is green again and trails are moist. Beautiful. Some parts are rocky if you’re mountain biking so ride with caution, but overall most of the trails are smooth and in awesome riding condition.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Hiked, walked and jogged these trails dozens of times. Lots of wild life to be seen!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Great Trail. Went a couple months back and loved it. Took my dog here yesterday. Started out great until a cub mountain lion ran onto the trail about 10 yards in front of us. Luckily my dog was leashed, and after a quick 3 second stare off... my dog and I booked it the other way. I was lucky to be only 0.5 miles into the hike. Very terrifying experience and happy we didn’t see the mom mountain lion! Stay safe!!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Beautiful views, steady elevation, bunch of historical sites - perfect recipe for a great hike!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

First time doing this part of Quicksilver. Definitely enjoyed it and will come back to complete the entire 10 mile loop

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Probably closer to 3.5. Fun rolling climbs and descents with good views. Saw lots of deer. Construction coming down the mine hill trail was a bummer.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

good work out.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice trail, deviated from track on return leg of the loop and stayed on Mine Hill Trail, unintentionally. Saw plenty of wildlife, trails are well marked and maintained. Worth a visit.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nice hike. Was pleasantly surprised by the overlooks. Nice parking spaces. The drive there itself is very good.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Almaden Trail is beautiful and shady unlike most of the trails - 6 bridges and a tiny waterfall. Not as busy as some of the trails. Bring lots of water. Great hidden gem.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Alameden Quicksilver was a mercury mine. This place has beautiful green cover, some remainents of old mines, school and other things. You can see some deers on you way. You will not have cell phone network if you are T-Mobile at the base/ start-point. ATnT has decent network.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hard AF but feels good once You conquer the beast.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

I just started mountain biking 2 months ago. The incline is definitely a challenge but it's all worth it when you go back down. I only made it up 1 mile next time I'll do better.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Awesome trail love it down hill runs. High peaks and twists and turns run into a deer and waaaaattt

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Kinda steep all at once & go after 2 for shade. But the mine and views. Oh and the the trail gets uncomfortably small for about a mile

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ran 10.94 miles. Challenging but lots of fun. Made one wrong turn but it was easy to get back on track.

Monday, May 16, 2016

huge trail and not careful, loose gravel, connects to sierra azul

Sunday, April 24, 2016

fun easy trails. moderate elevation change. hot during the summer due to limited shade at certain times.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easy and relaxing hike, saw a few dears and a grouse.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It's been a few years since I've hiked this trail...I recall it is mostly dirt and dry. There aren't many trees. I'll need to try it again and then I'll repost my thoughts...

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

This was an awesome work out/hike. Definitely, coming back.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pleasant springtime hike with wildflowers and lots of interesting former mining sites and exhibits. My variation of this hike avoided the Mine Hill bike trail that is shown as the beginning and ending. I ascended (relentlessly for about a mile) on the Deep Gulch Trail to Yellow Kid Trail to Castillero Trail until it joined the Mine Hill Trail. On the return, I avoided the last section of the Mine Hill Trail by taking the Capehorn Pass Trail to the Hacienda Trail. It rejoined the Mine Hill Trail just before the end at the Hacienda park entrance. The Hacienda Trail has some short but very steep segments.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I hiked this with my group last Thursday, aug. 27, 2014. We started by the Mcabee entrance. It's a rough trail. There are too many rocks in the trail. We did the mining trail. It's about 5.5miles according to my track and gained 1007ft elevation. Parts of the trail has no shade so when the sun hits you, feels like you run out of breathe easy since it's hot. Other parts were shady. It has some incline which will keep your heart rate and kick you in the butt. Overall, it was an ok hike for me.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Try the "Historical Trail" starting at the Hacienda Entrance. --- The loop is about 6 miles and it takes this old hiker about 5 hours. --- There are 15 markers along the loop to mark old mining sites and structures from the mining days. ---- There is a semi secret path that leads to tall chimney from the mining days. --- At the beginning of the loop there is a display of old mining equipment. --- You can walk about 50 feet into the San Cristobal mine. The first mile (Deep Gulch Trail) is unrelentingly uphill and is a butt burner. Consider hiking this loop in reverse direction.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Quicksilver has lots of fun trails to go running, walking and parts of it you can mountain bike (off Hacienda entrance). There are four entrances, Hacienda, Wood, McAbee and Mockingbird. It's dog friendly and there is a nice reservoir for your dogs to swim in about half way on the longer (50-60 minutes) loop from the McAbee entrance.

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