#PixinParks Almaden Quicksilver

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

The Park

The Almaden Quicksilver county park has over four thousand acres enclosed within its property. There are 37 miles of hiking trails available for explorers, including trails for horse back riders and mountain bikers. All trails within the park are pet friendly with a leash requirement. You can view historic mining structures throughout the park which give insight into the history of mercury mines in New Almaden.

There are three entrances to the park, Mocking Bird Hill, Wood Road and the Hacienda entrance. For the #PixinParks 2020 photo challenge you will be entering the park through the Mocking Bird Hill entrance. There are no parking fees collected at this entrance.

The Trail

Librarian Brandy at the Almaden Quicksilver photo op
SJPL Librarian, Brandy at the #PixinParks 2020 Almaden Quicksilver photo op ©Brandy Maldonado

This is a 4.52 looped trail rated as moderate for its elevation gain, a rating I agree with. This trail has some shade cover but I suggest bringing a hat and wearing sunscreen. As you can tell by my photograph I visited the park later in the year during the Covid-19 pandemic. This park is very popular with fellow explorers so remember to be courteous and wear your face cover.

I will be honest with you, readers. I have done this exact hike before, many many times. So much so that when I saw this hike listed on the #PixinParks 2020 roster I could not believe I had never taken a photo at the designated photo op. I hiked this trail on one of the good air quality days in early October, enjoying the sunshine and chirping of the many squirrels who call the park home.

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Mine Shaft Opening
Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Mine shaft opening ©Brandy Maldonado
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Submitted by Jo-Ann Wang on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 2:33 PM


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Thanks for this wonderful blog! I love all the activities you share for children.

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