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“History and Hiking”

Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Ranked #13 of 136 things to do in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Park featuring 29 miles of well marked woodland trails.
Reviewed May 28, 2012

One side of this huge park features a very informative mercury mining museum and restored home of the mine manager; hikes or (occasionally offered) van tours allow you to see the old equipment and sites of the mining family communities that inhabited the hills into the early part of the last century. Nice nature and great views and a good workout if you're looking for it. Hot in summer, but fine then for late afternoon hikes.

Thank Kathleen J
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

I run here pretty much every week so as far as the comments about Mercury being in the dust, I don't know what to say about that...You wouldn't want to swim in the water of course but I doubt you will get problems from walking on the trails. Love love this park. It is a great workout. You are sure to see deer and other wildlife, esp. on the less travelled trails.

Thank traveler4less
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

This park in South San Jose has 5 different entrances, we have only explored the 3 on the northeast side. So far, each entrance has a good 2 to 2.5 hour hike, barely repeating any trails.
Out of the Mockingbird Hill entrance, I would watch out for the Virl O Norton trail as it is quite steep. From all 3 entrances (Mockingbird Hill, Webb Canyon and Whispering Pines) it is probably a good choice to first hike up to the higher trails, which tend to be mostly in the sun and return to your entrance via the New Almaden Trail which is mid way up the hills and has more shade than sun. We still have a lot more to explore in this huge park.

Thank Eric N
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

If you want a great outdoor walk visit this park. You'll get the best cardial workout ever and breathe fresh clean air. It can get crowded but if you go early you'll have the place to yourself. We go there often!

Thank Tahititiare
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Nice little park. Some pretty average mountain biking and hiking. Almost exclusively fireroads. If you go in deep enough there are some pretty spots and nice vistas. Occassional wild life like deer, wild boar, turkeys, bobcats, mountain lions and rattlesnakes! Very historic. Remnants of mercury mining operation

Thank mmbhm
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