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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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TripAdvisor
  • Many trails provide hikers with the opportunity to birdwatch and learn some history relating to mercury minng The trails are empty midweek Be sure to take water 
  • There are lots of hiking trails and sights to. Its fun visiting the old mineral springs where people would go soak their stress away. They're pretty stinky though. I wouldn't want to soak in that wate...  more »
  • And I saw a MOUNTAIN LION here which was totally 'cool'! This is a great place to just hang out and wander. It can be HOT!! though,, so bring plenty of sunscreen, hats and water! And keep little dogs ...  more »
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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!