Almaden Quicksilver Park is spectacular in natural diversity and a landmark of California history. The spot has been mining operations for over 135 years. The park spans 4,163 acres and occupies a portion of Capitancillos Mountain. The park has more than 37 miles of hiking trails in the park, including 30 miles of equestrian trails and 16.6 miles of bike trails. The elevation gain of the trail is 489 meters. The trail is loop type. The time taken to complete the total trail is 4 hours and 35 minutes. All the park trails are also open to pet owners walking their dogs on leashes. A variety of picnic tables are located next to the park trails, and horse water troughs can be found in a few places. The park features one of the region's most impressive wildflower displays. With over 4,000 acres of land, the park attracts all kinds of hikers and outdoor lovers. Nature walks and history tours are available on request.
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ALMADEN QUICKSILVER PARK REVIEWS
I came here after a week of rain, and the grounds and trail were still in very good shape. I came on a Sunday afternoon and encountered nobody on the trail! It was nice and private. The trail itself is great for getting in shape! The incline has a very steep grade. My Portuguese Water Dog Mack and I had an excellent workout! This trail is also dog-friendly. The views are amazing! The hike was very serene and peaceful. On the day we came, there was a a massive double ???? rainbow! It was absolutely amazing!!!
Beautiful hiking place with lots of trail options. We didn't have much of a time so had to take a shorter route. We hiked through the hacienda trail. Beautiful scenic view, lots of free parking space. Also, it was not too crowded.
A beautiful pristine county park with many different entrances, each entrance would surprise you with rustic views. This particular season is extra beautiful due to the super blooms.
Santa Teresa County Park is situated at Santa Teresa Hill's southern end. The park has spectacular views from more than 17 miles of trails over the Almaden and Santa Clara Valleys for equestrian, hiking, and cycling use. The trail has a 1,673-acre park that is rich in history. The elevation gain of the trail is 200 feet to 1492 feet. The trail is generally considered an easy to moderately challenging trail route. The park's secluded upland valleys provide a peaceful interlude to explore the natural environment just minutes away from the surrounding areas. The county park has several opportunities for leisure, such as Golf Club and clubhouse. The park also features an 18-hole championship course and a three-course nine-hole/par. The trail includes more than 170 vehicles and an equestrian staging area. Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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SANTA TERESA COUNTY PARK REVIEWS
Beautiful park. Lots of different trails, lots of different ways to go. There are some amazing views of the San Jose area and the hills. On a clear day day you can see all the way from San Francisco to Morgan Hill. Yes really! The biggest hill-climb is steep. Worth it. We saw lizards, squirrels, a coyote, snake, wild flowers, creek, golf course
Saw a large bloom of orange poppies in the hillside by the Stiles Ranch parking lot. Hiking up the Stiles Ranch trail goes right into the bloom area. Saw some nice views and other wildflowers as I continued along a loop trail back to parking lot.
Nice place for an evening hike in the bay. Tales about an hr and 50 mins to complete the loop. Can see a lot of wild flowers( in the season), nice views of the city from the top and spot bunnies and birds on the way.
Alum Rock Park is a well-established hiking trail in San Jose. The park is one of the oldest municipal parks in California. The trail covers 720 acres of natural, rugged beauty, which has many outdoor leisure activities, including hiking. The elevation gain of the trail is 167 feet to 1781 feet. The trail is generally considered a moderately challenging trail route. The park affords various school programs for kids and other classes and holds a summer camp during June, July, and August months. The creek in the park will be fun, and visitors can take a small boat made of twigs and leaves for a trip on the river that will delight children. Overnight camping for youth groups is allowed with a reservation in the Rustic Lands and Live Oak areas with additional fees. There are about 13 miles of trails, including 6 miles of horse trails and 3 miles of bike trails. Alum Rock Park has water and bathroom facilities.
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ALUM ROCK PARK REVIEWS
Super scenic park on the east side of San Jose. In the early settling of CA, the Catholic monks would go up into this canyon to pray and pay penitence, hence the name Penitencia Creek. Still present are some of the original aqueducts for natural hot springs, and stone bridgework. Very scenic trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use, some only allowing foot traffic. This is my go to to get out of the city
This is an awesome park for especially nature friendly families, cyclists, trekkers, BBQ lovers, picnicers. There are trails from smooth to steep. Different parking spots makes it easy to access different parts of the park.
Parking was a little confusing. These trails are greating for walking, biking, or horse riding. There are plenty of bridges that lead you to picnic areas and to the nearby creek. Not bad when the weather is cloudy or cool, could not imagine trying this trail on a sunny day ???? closed road leads you to the best view of what feels like the top of the world.