Quicksilver Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features a lake 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: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 767 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Trail follows the Senador Mine trail and connects with the Guadalupe Trail for great views of the Guadalupe Reservoir

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no shade
12 hours ago

hiking
15 hours ago

Went on this hike for the first time with husband, 9 yr old and 6 yr old sons. We started at the Mcabee entrance. We didn't look at a map and wanted to just explore. Started at 230pm and finished at 430pm. We hiked counter clockwise on the trail and came along the Guadalupe Reservoir on our rightside. Then, when we hit a junction that pointed us to go one way to McAbee Entrance, we took that route just to find out from another hiker we talked to that we need to go back and take the other trail instead or we would end up at another trail entrance. Luckily, my 6 yr old wasn't complaining too much. We still enjoyed the outdoors!

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1 day ago

Nice hike, good for a run. Lots of people especially near the trailhead but the trail is wide so there’s plenty of room. Sunny and exposed for most of it. The New Almaden trail section gets a lot skinner, but way less crowded and more shade.

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5 days ago

Great well rounded trail! Steep inclines at the start if you begin counter-clockwise. Moderate to hard difficulty depending on your endurance and stamina. Kids and older folks or novice trail users might have a bit of difficulty. Great views especially by the lake. Many dogs on this trail.

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no shade
5 days ago

Bring plenty of water on hot days. First 60% of trail is no shade if you travel counter-clockwise. Leave your pups at home if there’s a heat index.

recorded Quicksilver Trail

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12 days ago

Mostly shady, very good for hot days. Will go past Guadalupe reservoir; awesome view!

Some shade in parts but the beginning was mostly sun and uphill. Nice view of the reservoir along the way. Lots of people at the beginning and only neighborhood street parking.

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14 days ago

This is an awesome trail!! The view at the lake is great!!

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20 days ago

Very good hike! We’re in our late 20s & healthy... it was not what I’d consider an easy hike, I think it was more moderate. My 60 year old & healthy parents would not have been comfortable doing the whole loop. I can’t imagine it’d be very good for young children either. But overall, beautiful, clean & totally worth it!!!

Wide trail with good space for social distancing. The Guadalupe reservoir is a perfect midpoint rest stop. The second half of the trail has amazing views of the valley and lots of newly bloomed flowers in the trees

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no shade
21 days ago

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21 days ago

Would definitely recommend this trail! Took my 8 year old twins for a hike for the first time, and it was definitely a little hard from them but totally worth it. Went around 830am had a lot of shade and weather was really nice. Make sure to use the bathroom at the beginning, as there was none the whole trail for the girls! All and all it was a wonderful hike.

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bugs
over grown
22 days ago

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no shade
28 days ago

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no shade
over grown
29 days ago

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bugs
1 month ago

This place was great! A lot of up and down hill. The only bad thing is if you take your dogs keep them away from the sides their are a lot of ticks! I fond so many on one of my dogs. Check them as soon as u get home.

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1 month ago

Beautiful adventure on a decently warm day. Pretty heavy foot traffic first mile or so and then started staggering off with good gaps. Great views of Meadows and valleys. Varied scenery, hills and terrain. Saw a few rattlesnakes on trail. Also saw warnings for mountain Lion that had recently been spotted on New Almaden Trail. We had our small terrier mix with us who got tired with the heat so we threw her in our pup pack at mile 3.5. All in all, great experience and will be back again.

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no shade
1 month ago

Not much to see, kind of a boring trail. Can use for running practice.

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1 month ago

Wonderful hike. Good mixture of uphill/downhill flat. Kept it interesting and kept us engaged. Left feeling like we got a workout but weren’t destroyed.

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1 month ago

Incline

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1 month ago

Great trail ! Has beautiful views ! Has become a favorite.

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1 month ago

Just completed this hike today. It’s open! Plenty of space for social distancing and super green. Beautiful hike.

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1 month ago

A sign recommended to not go on the New Almaden trail due to recent mountain lion activity.

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bugs
muddy
washed out
1 month ago

It was such a pretty hike with lots of views. I will say my map said it was 4.9 miles but by the end it was 5.2 miles. Keep that in mind if your hiking it with kids or elderly family. Otherwise it was a great afternoon hike with family.

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1 month ago

So green this time of year!

Great option for a moderate run! Not too much shade during the first half, which is mostly on a fire road, but the second half is well-shaded. Lots of people on these trails right now, even during the week, so be careful to leave enough distance on the single-track sections.

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