Review: Almaden Quicksilver Park

21785 Almaden Road
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 268-3883
sccgov.org

Description
If you like to get a little history in with your exercise, then Almaden Quicksilver Park is the place for you. From the 19th century until the 1970s, the park was the site of extensive quicksilver, or mercury, mining. The 4,152-acre park encompasses several historic remains, including abandoned towns, cemeteries, old equipment, and mine entrances.

Today, the park is home to 10 miles of bike trails, 34.2 miles of hiking trails, and 23 miles of equestrian trails. On top of bits of history scattered throughout, the park is home to wildflowers, rolling hills, and many a picturesque picnic spot. Ranger-guided history walks are available upon requests.

Read about more great 10-mile bike rides in the Bay Area.

Directions
It’s fastest to drive to Almaden, but you can pedal off your footprint with the ride.

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  • Hiking the Quicksilver Trail | gardeningnirvana
    October 9, 2012 at 5:19 am

    […] Almaden Valley, a suburb in Silicon Valley. Once home to Quicksilver Minds, it’s now a 4,152-acre county park “encompassing several historic remains, including abandoned towns, cemeteries, old equipment, […]

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