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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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  • We parked at the Hummingbird parking lot, no parking fee, clean restroom. We hiked to Buena Vista, English camp, then back. Total 5.3 miles. Half of the trail are shaded. Great view and history learning!
  • Challenging steep semi-shaded hike. Do bring water and watch your step for dog poo that people aren't picking up 😥 Plenty of parking and great views

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