Almaden Quicksilver County Park Randol and Mine Hill Trails Loop

Santa Clara, California 95053

Almaden Quicksilver County Park Randol and Mine Hill Trails Loop

Almaden Quicksilver County Park: Randol and Mine Hill Trails Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Passing the sites of mine shafts and tunnels on the wooded east side of Los Capitancillos Ridge this trip returns over the Bull Run summit on the Mine Hill Trail."

More Almaden Quicksilver County Park: Randol and Mine Hill Trails Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"Hike to an old quicksilver mining camp"

"This is a 10-mile romp around the Capitancillos Ridge, which rises up out of a wealthy urban area south of San Jose. Comprised mostly of smooth fire road, this ride isn’t going to draw on your technical riding abilities too much, but you are guaranteed to get a good workout. The loop can be conveniently shortened and routed to pass many of the historical quicksilver (mercury) mining sights if, say, you’ve got your youngsters along. If you’re looking for a longer ride, you can connect into neighboring Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve for a serious adventure."

"Hikers, equestrians, bicyclists and horsecart drivers climb the old wagon road past several New Almaden Mine sites, visit English Town, the former miners’ settlement, and follow Los Capitancillos Ridge to the mine site at its north end. Bicyclists must turn around at the Randol Trail junction or return on the Randol Trail to the Hacienda entrance."

Almaden Quicksilver County Park: Randol and Mine Hill Trails Loop Reviews

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5/18/2011
Though not technically challenging , the trails were pretty rough. Lots of large rocks, a moderate number of ruts some from running water and some from bike tires. My 9 year old had to walk some of the climb, and had to go slowly on the downhills due to the general trail roughness. The descriptions and details in the guide are all still accurate.
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8/10/2009
Nice hike. Used it to prepare for Half Dome. Good climb at the beginning, which woke up my legs. Enjoyed the view of the Guadalupe Dam. I was able to see the entire city. Great hike for those who want to just get outside and enjoy themselves.
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Trail Information

Santa Clara
Nearby City
10.5
Distance
1,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Santa Clara County
Local Contacts
USGS Los Gatos, Sanata Teresa Hills
Local Maps

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Sep 2018