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Almaden Quicksilver McAbee Mine Trail New Almaden Trail

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Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Almaden Quicksilver McAbee Mine Trail New Almaden Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.8 mi Elevation gain 1,515 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers
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Mark W
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Started trail counterclockwise, moderately busy pockets of people (started 11a). Most dropped off by mile 3. Some mountain bikers. Pretty exposed. Nice view of San Jose, but hike scenery was dried up and meh this time of year. Second half down was pretty uneven. Good workout overall. Parked in neighborhoods near trail head no problems.

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Lang Moreno
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Donald Wood
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Nice hike on old roads and single track trail.

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Raymond Wong
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maria casarez
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Leslie Karina
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Leslie Karina
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Charles Goldberg
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Ted Banucci
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Crowded as hell

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Kevin Tang
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Flies

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Nicole Laprise
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I hiked counterclockwise, total of 9 miles which took me 3 hours. Neighborhood parking at the trailhead and a few porta potty‘s towards the beginning of the trail. Nothing really special about this trail and they were quite a few bugs on the day that I hiked. The trail is a mix of sun and shade.

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Lesley Ono
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Ryan Town
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Lan Nguyen
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Awesome trail.

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Yijie Zhao
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The first half is very hot without shadows. The trail of last half is narrow and has no good view....

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Ki Bo
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nice view and dry

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Leandro L
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This route actually goes down a few different trails and doesn't fully follow the mine trail so be wary of that if trying to follow sign markers. All said and done my watch GPS told me the full trail was closer to 10 miles. I hit just over 10 but that was with going off trail for about a half a mile. Had great views of the city.

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Kira White
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Great loop trail. We did the 4.6 mile loop and got to hike past part of the dam which is gorgeous. There are a lot of people on this hike. It starts with a big up hill at the beginning going clockwise. There are several hills to climb on this trail as well. Views of San Jose and there is some shade too. Parking is in a neighborhood.

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Rufus Blair
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Tough hike!

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Mourya VB
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This isn't a hike with scenic views. Elevation gain and loss are gradual so it's a good trail for mountain biking. Don't forget sunscreen as there in't enough shade.

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Amelia J
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Great first half (4 miles up) however AVOID the NEW ALMADEN Trail portion due to signs for mountain lion sightings (May 2020) . See my recording, about 9 miles. I followed the trail guide on the new Almaden trail and it is <1 ft wide with tall grass encroaching. I didn’t feel comfortable, along with the warning sign, so back tracked and instead took the wider Randal trail and New Mine trail back to the start. First half had satisfying views of the reservoir, mountains, and San Jose. Overall it was great with mix of shade. Parking is along the street. It was quite busy on a weekday afternoon. However the farther out portions of the trail are nice and quiet.

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Michelle Van Aken
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It's one of my favorite places, especially in the rain. It is true that it has become too popular and congested lately ~ but it's nature and we all should enjoy our beautiful state!

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Jessie Radwan
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Great views! 2nd half of the trail is much more exciting than the first half. Be careful of poison ivy along the second half.

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Carlos Castro
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Albert Montero
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Julie Fuller
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Hiked this loop on Tuesday. Started at 0740 and there were already several dozens of vehicles at the TH. I hiked the loop counterclockwise and wished I’d done clockwise due to Prospect Trail and New Almaden trail being single track. It was impossible to maintain a 6’ social distance on single track with poison oak on either side of the trail. Luckily poison oak/ivy doesn’t bother me, but it is quite fertile in this area. I only came across 10 or so people on the dirt four miles of this loop, which was quite easy. The first 4-5 miles is on a fire road with gentle (mostly) climbs. Once turning onto the Prospect Trail it is single track with Poison Oak and what I call tick grass. Ticks were abundant in this area. The turn onto New Almaden was more descending and single track. There were a few felled trees crossing the trail. Overall a nice hike. My mileage came out to 9.3 miles.

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keyan kaderi
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Sammy Presley
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I consider this an easy trails but for my 2 years old is moderate however we went super slow and it was a fun hike. We got there very early in the morning. The hikers and dogs are nice. Minus one star for the dogs poop on the path ways and some people left the poop in a bag along the side ways. Unacceptable! There is no poop fairy!

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