Almaden Quicksilver County Park, San Jose

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Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a 4,163 acres (17 km²) park that includes the grounds of former mercury ("quicksilver") mines adjacent to south San Jose, California, USA. The park's elevation varies greatly: the most used entrances (on the east side of the park) are less than 600 feet (183 m) above sea level, while the highest point in the park is over 1,700 feet (518 m) 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 and features sweeping views of San Jose. 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 (old) Almadén, Spain, and produced mercury that was used to process ore during the Gold Rush.
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  • Our visit was a quick stop on the way to Mount Humunum, but there are great hiking trails and historical perspective on the historic quick silver mercury production from 1847-1976. 
    Our visit was a quick stop on the way to Mount Humunum, but there are great hiking trails and historical perspective on the historic quick silver mercury production from 1847-1976.  more »
  • The Almaden Quicksilver area has quite a few trails of various lengths and difficulty levels. I recommend you search on All Trails for a hike with the difficulty level and length that interests you.....  more
    The Almaden Quicksilver area has quite a few trails of various lengths and difficulty levels. I recommend you search on All Trails for a hike with the difficulty level and length that interests you.....  more »
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  • Great place to hike with a good selection of trails. I always enjoy bringing a little picnic lunch and there are tables located around the park to use (they're marked on the map). The park is on a hill so be prepared for some steep stuff. Great views depending on where you are. On really clear days, you can see SF and Oakland! Oh and watch out for poison oak and ticks!
  • This is a huge park with many trails. It was a mix of shade and sun, with many bike rides sharing the trail with (fewer) hikers. The views were spectacular. Elevation gain is over 1,000 feet, so be prepared. If you like a flat hike, this is not the place for you. But, the views were worth the effort!!

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