Almaden Quicksilver County Park706 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 05:45 pm]
You will find the Almaden Quicksilver County Park in South San Jose, overlooking the Silicon Valley. The park covers 4157 acres of the steep hills, cool forests, deep valleys and open meadows which makes it an absolute delight to visit no matter what time of the day.
You will be able to learn a lot about the Park’s mining history through the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. But even if you aren’t a history lover, do visit the park for its wild beauty. Tiny winding roads take you up and down the several naturals and the trails are tough but worth the effort.
Sometimes you may see a few deer and other animals in the area. You can also try your hand at horse-riding and mountain biking and in general it is a great place to picnic in.
Almaden Quicksilver County Park Travel Tips
- Wedding ceremonies can be held in historic Casa Grande situated in this Park.
- If you plan to go on the hiking trail, go early in the morning.
- Don’t drink the water or try to eat the fish in the park. The whole area is full of mercury residue.
How to Reach Almaden Quicksilver County Park
- Blossom Hill Caltrain
- PF Changs
- Mayo & Mustard
- Elements Restaurant
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42.33% of people who visit San Jose include Almaden Quicksilver County Park in their plan
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80.56% of people start their Almaden Quicksilver County Park visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Almaden Quicksilver County Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Almaden Quicksilver County Park Reviews & Ratings
This is a great place to hike because it’s good exercise but doesn’t take much time. We like to do this hike on Saturday mornings or weekday evenings after work. It’s dog friendly and my golden doodle loves it too! There’s a loop that’s about 3 miles and another one about 5 miles. You can choose which one depending on how much time you have or the amount of exercise you want to do.
Grew up in New Almaden roaming those hills. Remember that mercury ore was being dug here by local Indians before the Spaniards arrived, before San Jose existed, before the Gold Rush. These hills were once a bustling metropolis with thousands of people. All grown over by trees and grass. As you walk, think of the miles upon miles of tunnels and shafts, many still open though inaccessible, not far below your feet.
The park is good for a quick stroll. The hikes are not bad either since the slopes are quite gentle. There is plenty of parking available since not a lot of people visit it. I wouldn't recommend it for the views though, there are other parks in the area with much better views.
Had a nice hike here. Started around 10am so it wasn't too hot. A lot of the trails are tree covered so it's easier to stay cool than some other places, like Pinnacles National Park. Be aware that most of the trails are narrow so can't really walk side by side. What is cool about the trail we did was that it felt like we walked through various unique areas, forest, meadow, mountain, etc...
McAbee entrance, is popular and in a neighborhood so parking can be hard. May get crowded on weekend mornings. Good place for a hike or run, with a mix of shade & sun, elevation gain is around 700-800 feet. No mountain biking at this end of Almaden Quicksilver park, you need to go the New Almaden Hacienda entry. Outhouses provided a quarter mile up the trail from the entrance.