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Hiking the New Almaden and Mine Hill Trail Loop by David Baselt

logo: Almaden Quicksilver County ParkOne of our outdoors-loving loyal readers sent us this fantastic article on Redwood Hikes featuring the New Almaden and Mine Hill Trails in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. We especially like the scenic photos.

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Summer 2011 Outdoor Activities at Santa Clara County Parks in Almaden Valley

Santa Clara County ParksIf your family loves spending time together doing outdoor activities, then you’re going to love this one.

Following is the Summer 2011 Calendar of Outdoor Activities for Almaden Quicksilver County Park and Calero County Park. Both parks are conveniently located here in beautiful Almaden Valley.

The events include everything from history hikes, wildlife hikes, geocaching, moonlight paddles, bat sightings, and mining adventures.

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Deep Gulch History Hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park

logo: almaden quicksilver county parkTake a walk back in time on this 2.5-mile strenuous but leisurely paced trek up the Deep Gulch Trail.

Stop along the way at areas of historical interest, and discover how this route was used back when the mining operation was active.

Almaden Quicksilver County Park encompasses 4,152 acres and is the site of over 135 years of mining history and former home to more than 1,800 miners and their families.

Remnants of the mining era also offer an exciting look into the mining operations of the latter part of the 19th century.

As an added bonus, during the early Spring the park offers one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the region.

Meet at the Hacienda entrance of Almaden Quicksilver County Park on Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Reservations are required. Call the park office at 408-268-3883. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks, and water.

View the Almaden Quicksilver County Park Historic Trail Guide.

Mysterious Mountain Lions in Almaden Valley

photo: mountain lion

Photo by Doug Reynaud, Open Space Authority Technician

Did you know that mountain lions are the fourth largest cat in the world? An adult male may be more than eight feet long from nose to the end of his tail.

Join Teri Rogoway, Open Space Interpreter, from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, for an evening of exploring these mysterious and incredible animals.

Learn what they eat and how they hunt, where and when you may spot one, and what to do if you encounter one while hiking.

The presentation is at the Almaden Library on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 6:30pm.

Living with Wildlife Hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park – July 10, 2010

Photo of Bobcat

Photo by Len Blumin

Join the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association for its Living With Wildlife Hike in the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. You will learn about Almaden’s mountain lion, bobcat, and coyote neighbors, and how they depend on the park and humans to survive.

This is a 2.6-mile moderate/strenuous hike (small children not advised due to some steep trail sections). Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water and sun protection.

Meet at the Almaden Quicksilver County Park Hacienda Parking Lot Entrance, which is located at the south end of New Almaden (directions). The Living with Wildlife Hike is being held Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 10am to 12pm.

For more information call the Calero County Park at 408-268-3883.

History Hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park – May 22 and July 10, 2010

Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum Exhibit Photo

The Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum and New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association is holding a History Hike in the Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

The hike will be informative and entertaining, and a great way to get outdoors for some exercise and to enjoy the beauty of the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

On this hike you will step back in time and learn what it was like to be a quicksilver (i.e., mercury) miner in New Almaden in the mining heyday of the mid nineteenth century. You will ride by van up into the park and then go on a 5-mile hike to various historic sites and stop to have lunch in the park.

Bring a brown-bag lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes, and sun protection. The tour is $7 per person. Reservations are required. For more information call the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum at 408-323-1107.

Meet at the Almaden Quicksilver County Park Hacienda Parking Lot Entrance, which is located at the south end of New Almaden (directions). The History Hike is being held on two different days. The first is Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 9am to 1:30pm. The second is Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 9am to 1:30pm.

If you can’t make either of the hikes, Ron Horii has created some really detailed and helpful information about the Almaden Quicksilver County Park, including beautiful pictures of the park, descriptions of the trails, and information about the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum.

Hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park

AllTrailsThe San Jose Hiking Meetup Group is hiking 8.5 miles of trails in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. The hike will last approximately four hours, and has a difficulty rating of moderate/strenuous.

The group is meeting at the park entrance on McAbee Road and Whispering Pines Drive in Almaden Valley on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 9:30am. More information about the hike is available on AllTrails.

Wildflower Scavenger Hunt in Quicksilver County Park in Almaden Valley

WildflowerNew Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association is holding a Wildflower Scavenger Hunt.

Join Kitty Monahan and Friends of New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association as they take you on a wildflower scavenger hunt through various stations at Jacque Ridge along Wood Road Trail in Almaden Quicksilver Park.

The meeting location is at the Wood Road parking lot. The event is Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 10am to 2pm. For more information call 408-355-2240. More: http://bit.ly/aF2pAp.