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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • We love this trail. Great for kids or without. There are Porta potties but they were pretty smelly when we were there today. Some hills but nothing crazy difficult. I enjoy the scenic views and there are some benches scattered around the trail in case you need a rest. Only street parking and parking can't get scarce on the weekends. Popular local trail.
  • We hiked the mine hill trail to the abandoned mine you can see near the top. It's a little tricky to find, and a steep uphill climb, but it's a good workout and very neat to see. We took the English camp trail back to the parking lot and got to see where English camp used to be. Very interesting; I didn't know that about the area. The hike on English camp trail is steeper and not as shaded as mine hill trail. I can't wait to come back and explore.
  • This is a family-friendly park created out of an old mining town. There are several gentle trails good for all ages and a couple of more moderate trails. It can get pretty muddy in the rainy season but the trails are good the rest of the year. Some of the trails have a bit of shade but most of this park is not shaded, so wear a hat and don't forget your sunscreen. Bring your own water. You should not drink any water in this area even if you have filtration with you because of the risk of contamination from the mine. It's a great place to look for wildflowers in spring, and they have an exhibit where kids can see some old mining equipment and some of the machines are hooked up with hand-cranks that a child can turn to see things move (from a safe distance -- the machinery is all behind a fence and the crank is the only thing on the outside of the fence, so no risk of pinched fingers or other injuries). Up on the hill you can see the remains of some buildings and you get a good view of the valley.
  • Great park to have so near home. Lots of trails covering a sizeable area. Remnants of a mining industry to explore. Great views. Multiple entrances to the park give easy access to different areas. Some fire trails, some single track. Hicks Road entrance gives views of Mt Umunhum
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