Almaden Quicksilver County Park, San Jose

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Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a 4,163 acres park that includes the grounds of former mercury mines adjacent to south San Jose, California, USA. The park's elevation varies greatly: the most used entrances are less than 600 feet above sea level, while the highest point in the park is over 1,700 feet above sea level.The park is owned by the County of Santa Clara and managed by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department. Its grounds include the Guadalupe Reservoir and features sweeping views of San Jose. Adjacent to the park is the Almaden Reservoir. The Casa Grande Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum is located in nearby New Almaden. The park is named after the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines, which were named after the mercury mine in Almadén, Spain, and produced mercury that was used to process ore during the Gold Rush.
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  • The map showed three entrances to the park. The first was gated and the second led to a closed residential community. Our last hope seemed to work, but the tiny sign opening to a small road led me to ...  more »
  • Pick up a map at any of the trail heads and don't get lost. Miles of great trails and views. Drop by the Hacienda during the week end to visit the museum and learn about the quicksilver mining in the ...  more »
  • This park offers numerous trails for hikers and runners that like hills for conditioning. There are trails 3 miles, 5 miles 8 miles and 13 miles.  more »
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  • Lovely place for a hike. So many trails to choose from. There are 3 park entrances. Parking is free. It’s never too busy. Make sure to take a map and view the topography as some of the trails and quit steep and are not for all fitness levels. Some trails allow horses and mountain bikes. There are lots of wildlife to observe such as deer, birds of prey, and gophers. Good place to see spring wildflowers.
  • After a very worthwhile stop by the museum, we headed out to the park for a good hike. Lots of great places to learn some history, stop for a bite to eat, or grab a picture of some fantastic views. Lots of locals are out for exercise, but a fair amount of people doing the loop to take in some history as well; something for everyone! We weren't sure if it wasn't more crowded because it was the week before Christmas or if it was because maybe not so many people know about this place.
  • Simply beautiful. Nice walking and hiking trails, beautiful and lush green grass and nature. Families come here with their dogs and children. Great for single hikers as well. I love to come here and decompress and destress.
  • This is my go-to park in the Santa Clara County parks system. There are lots of trails that meander and intersect, allowing you to take a huge variety of routes that loop or criss-cross or run point-to-point, from just two or three miles to easily fifteen or more. Some trails are narrow single-track; others are converted from roads from when the place was an active quicksilver mine (hence the name). Most of the trails are hilly, some quite steep and challenging. Wildflower blooms are great in the spring. Deer sightings are very common, and I have also seen turkeys and bobcats. If you have any kind of penchant for hiking or trail biking, this park is a must-visit.
  • Love that this place is in my backyard. Great trails that connect right to Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. So nice!
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