Explore the most popular birding trails near New Almaden with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

came there in between the rain season. Tones of green and fresh air

Creds: AllTrails Pro for accurate real-time off line GPS location and mileage tracking. ~6.5 mi. ~1,000’ El Gain. Little longer since great detours

Went Wednesday afternoon 2 January 2018, ~2:pm.

Parking free. Fire roads/ trails in excellent condition.

Saw playful Bobcat . Bobcat Walked ahead on fire road, stopped and did roles multiple times.

Lots to see aside from gorgeous views; old mine entrance, historic mining town and cemetery.

Nice shady hike and challenging uphills. Pretty scenery but so much dog poo that they should not be allowed to bring them if they are not willing to pick up after themselves.

Great hike to do with kids!

We enjoyed this hike very much. There were a few steep sections but overall a relaxing, beautiful park.

Great trail for my man and small pup. Lots of beautiful sights and varying terrain.

Nice shaded trail on a hot day. We had fun exploring the historic sites along the trail and we even saw a few deer at the end!

lots of shade on Mine Hill. my 10 & 8 yr old managed well and this is about their limit. there definitely is some incline. would do again.

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

Very nice hike. Not for the beginners. Mostly shaded. View from the peak is awesome. Gates are not opened till 7 AM in the morning, even in summer. Not of much place on the side of the road to park the car. So, going early may not be advised.

Nice wide trail but very little shade, i'm sure it would be fantastic to hike this in late fall, winter or spring. Summer is too hot and sunny, at least in my opinion :)

Nice walk. Didn’t see a lot of wildlife but some great views over the valley.

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!!

prefer this to the quicksilver 5 mile loop trail. dense oak forests cover the hillsides. plenty of shade to tackle even on a hot summer day...

beautiful view! well maintained trail. free parking. Not a strenuous hike

9 months ago

Good hike to get away from the city that is not too far.

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

steep inclines, beautiful scenery and plenty of people along the way

Good hike, plenty of places for parking!

TICKS! Did this hike yesterday, I found 10 ticks on my dog afterwards. That’s the most he’s ever had in almost 9 years, with frequent hiking. The trail is fine, but if you’re going out any time soon consider tick repellent and check yourself and your dogs afterwards.

Loved the more secluded sections of the trail. Amazing hike!

Fun hike to do in the spring time. Lots of green plants. Most of the creeks have dried out, unfortunately. The hike starts off uphill (good workout) and ends mostly downhill. There are a Lot of families on the hike, dogs, and individuals who bike/run the trails. Parking was free.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Loved this trail!

Nice loop with lots of deer and birds. 2 historic sites. Nice hike on a cool day.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Nice moderate trail with elevations and shady areas. Lots of different trail options to make your hike as short or long as you prefer. Dogs on leash allowed, most people are friendly.

Woods trail is a nice entrance to explore this part of Quicksilver without the steep walls you find off of New Almaden or Mockingbird entrance. The trail shown is NOT 10 miles as noted in the description. Another reviewer estimated 2.7, which is more realistic. You can expand this trail by doing a loop around Mine Hill and Castillero. Gorgeous views and the trails have been recently graded and cleaned as part of a park maintenance plan.

Monday, September 25, 2017

This trail opened to public on Sep 17 2017 after 1.5 years and $25 million dollar restoration effort.

This is nice moderate 7.4 miles out and back trail.
The best parking spot is Bald Mountain parking spot 1.6 miles up mt. Umunhum road and Hicks road intersection. There are about 10 spots + 4 on the sides. Gets filled up early so go there before 7:30 am to get a spot.

The views are spectacular and once on the top, you will be rewarded with gentle breeze.

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