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Almaden Quicksilver County Park, San Jose
(4.5/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a 4,147 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, while 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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  • There are several hiking trails of varying difficulty. We chose one of the steepest. A total of 8.6 km with over 300 meters level difference. Took approx 2.5 hours. The view from the top is amazing.
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  • We visited this area and enjoyed a great hike. The playground area was very good, our 2 yr old had a great time. 
  • There are a couple of different trails in the this park for hiking. They are easy/mod hikes. Great views and a little bit of history. 
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  • I go to this park when I want to do a quick workout. It's unfortunately not my favorite park. Dog poop everywhere especially when starting at the mcabee entrance. Also if you want to find rude people, go there (they talk loud, what happened to the solitude?). There's construction going on now so some trails are closed during the week and they reopen on the weekends. Lots of trails and wildlife and one can enter at different entrances from Hacienda, Hicks, McAbee, etc. If you hike far enough, you will reach some really nice and quiet places! Enjoy!
  • Great hiking here and with options of courses. Plan ahead and you can spend anywhere from a short 30 minutes stroll to a half day hike!
  • A good hiking Park and working out. Beautiful? No.
  • Great park, tons of hiking trails has well maintained bathrooms whenever I went :D
  • Great hiking and good mountain biking (fire roads though). It would be a fantastic park if they added some single track for the MTB riders!