Mine Hill Trail

Almaden Quicksilver County Park, California

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Mine Hill Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Clara County, California. It is within Almaden Quicksilver County Park. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 480 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,445 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The San Cristobal Mine and Saint George Shaft (elevation 1,440 feet) quarries can be seen along the trail. There is also an information guidepost along the trail.
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Mine Hill Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Clara County, California. It is within Almaden Quicksilver County Park. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 480 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,445 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The San Cristobal Mine and Saint George Shaft (elevation 1,440 feet) quarries can be seen along the trail. There is also an information guidepost along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Castillero Trail, Providencia Trail, Capehorn Pass Trail, Randol Trail and Hacienda Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 2,445 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 480 feet
Top Elevation: 1,591 feet
Parks: Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Elevation Min/Max: 480/1591 ft
Elevation Start/End: 480/480 ft

Mine Hill Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The remains of the New Almaden Mines, once the richest quicksilver mines in California, give this hike an historic twist. Quicksilver (mercury) forms only in areas such as this, where serpentine rock is transformed by hypothermal conditions. The New Almaden Mines ultimately reached 2,300 feet underground; remnants of mining activity lie throughout the park. These seldom-traveled trails also provide excellent views of San Francisco Bay and Mount Hamilton. The walk is hilly, but not strenuous, along wide trails. Park activities include hiking, picnicking, and horseback riding. No bikes are allowed on the trails, and no dogs are permitted on the Randol Trail."

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