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Almaden Quicksilver County Park, San Jose

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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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  • Although I haven't hiked all of Quicksilver, the park offers visitors trails to hike. It has some stunning vistas on days when Silicon Valley's stifling pollution doesn't drown out views.  more »
  • If you're any where near So. San Jose you owe it to yourself to hit Quicksilver. After only a few minutes you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere and away from the city. Whether you're out for a...  more »
  • This place is very good for hiking during sunny days. The parking is free but very limited. The hike is good but some part of the trails develop cracks and are damp after rains. There is lot of greene...  more »
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  • Massive park with TONS of hiking trails. Great way to get outdoors and there's some really impressive views of San Jose on all the trails I've tried so far. In addition to that there's remnants of old mining buildings and informational signs on some of the trails too. Even after hiking here for years I still haven't seen everything. Highly recommended!
  • Just a beautiful area. I was a first time visitor and thought only that the trails might be more clearly marked, especially at a place where 4 trails met. I hiked from the mockingbird lot (a large lot with bathrooms) up Hacienda trail to the English Camp. Because I had a destination, the difficulty for me was choosing the trails to get where I wanted to go, so I had to keep referring to Google Maps as I went.
  • An absolutely amazing place. The park is absolutely beautiful offering plenty of views, including those of the Almaden and the Santa Clara Valley, as well as offering plenty of trail for the adventurous to explore. The park also contains plenty of old buildings, and plenty of signs and charts that offer visitors the information and history behind the buildings and the park. And the best part about it is that it's free! There's no parking fees, and the park offers maps for free as well. However, if you're planning to park at the Hicks Road parking space, make sure to watchers out for the bikers! The road is quite narrow, and there's plenty of blind spots, meaning that there's few oppurtunities to pass the road bicyclists who commonly traverse the road.
  • Just what I thought it would be like. The trails were nice and it was a beautiful hike! We did get lost but it was a great adventure.
  • The trails are very well maintained and are much less crowded than other parks, probably just because it's relative remoteness. Also, the cleanest restrooms I've ever seen at a park.