Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Solid hike, good views, tons of butterflies everywhere

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!!

1 month ago

Second time today - same gorgeous hike. First time was right after the trail opened. The newly installed gates at the Hicks road intersection and Bald Mountain parking lot open automatically at 7 am and stay open until after half hour past the sunset.

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...

1 month ago

Hike was pretty easy. When you start your hike and you’re in the woods, there’s this abandoned blue buggy down the hill. Looks super creepy and there was barely anyone on the trail also. Views were alright. I traveled far for this hike but it was eh.

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

Hiked 4.7.18, right after bay area storm, and pleased that trail was very passable, a little muddy in places, but not much. parking, restrooms were very convenient, trail was very nicely graded, creeks, shades, wildlife (I saw deer, chipmunks, bobcat, and lots of birds), wildflowers, and great views. Very pleased with today's hike.

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1 month ago

Nice cool walk

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1 month 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!

2 months ago

IMPORTANT NOTE: the directions take you to the crest of the trail, which is fine if you'd rather go downhill first. if you want to start at the trough as shown in the map, the parking lot you want is the "Sierra Azul open space preserve at Mt. umunhum road parking lot" on Google maps. Great hike, fantastic views of the South Bay.

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

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2 months ago

Not a strenuous hike. But it’s beautiful. On the weekends parking can be a hassle so I’d recommend getting there early. I’d say the hardest part of the hike is the end.

2 months ago

Spectacular 360 degree view of the Bay Area in top! I could see the Bay Bridge, Lick observatory, and Santa Cruz mountains. The hike itself was moderately easy with lots of shades. I spotted some melting snow near the top. Overall, great hike. Recommend going on weekdays or going early on weekend because parking is limited. I started from the second parking lot for a total of 7.7 miles hike

on Mount Umunhum

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2 months ago

I’m so glad they opened this preserve up after so many years of being closed. Great hike with decent amount of shade, but there are plenty parts of the hike that are not shaded - so dress in layers would be my advice. Once at the top, it can get quite windy but the views are beautiful. For those who cannot hike the distance, there is a road for cars that will lead you to the top as well. Oh, on a side note, I did come across a tarantula cruising along some rocky path at the very top! So watch your step!

Good hike, plenty of places for parking!

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3 months ago

Xcellent views limited parking moderate difficulty.

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!

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3 months ago

Get there early (8AM) as lots are small and where you park depends on how far you want to hike if your intention is to get to the building. First parking lot - round trip is about 16-17 miles. Second parking lot - 7.5 miles. Third parking lot - a few yards. You can alternatively park in some turnouts, but might be problematic walking on the two lane road.

Trail itself has some nice views. The main trail to Mt Umunhum is very razor thin to have mountain bikers on the trail. Three people can hardly fit side-by-side, so who thought it was a good idea to allow bikers? Also, when they stop, there is hardly any space to pass them.

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

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3 months ago

Wonderful

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

Excellent trail gradual slope and great view of San Jose valley and surrounding mountain ranges from the top.

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4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

Trail is a double track gradually climbing to the summit. There is about a 50/50 mix of trees and unshaded areas. Well maintained and beautiful trail. Took me 4 hours to complete, not including time hanging out at the top. There are bathrooms at the trailhead and at the summit. You can also skip the hike all together and drive all the way to the summit where there is a parking lot. The views at the top are amazing. You can see the entire valley...Mt Diablo, Mt Tam, Mt Hamilton..from Mt Unumhum!

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5 months ago

Only about 15 parking space in trail head. You may go weekdays or get there before 8 AM on weekends. The summit has about 56 parking space. The good news is those people who just sight seeing on the summit won't stay long. So you may wait patiently on summit parking lot on weekends to get space. Then hike down and back to summit. The near 360 degree view on summit is gorgerous. You may eat sandwich and rest for half hours on summit and continue your hiking. in general, it's an easy trail, the elevation gain is smooth out over 3.5 miles trail. except for the last section near the umunhum summit, the trail is mostly shady.

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