Almaden Valley Climate
The average Winter temperature in Almaden is 54 degrees, and the average Summer temperature is 73 degrees. The highest average temperature is in July at 75 degrees. The coldest average temperature is in January at 51.6 degrees. The most monthly precipitation occurs in January, but it is less than one inch.
The minimum temperature can be as low as 26 degrees (typically in January), and the maximum temperature can be as high as 107 degrees (typically in July). (All weather data is based on the average of the previous 3-7 years of data.)
Check out the Almaden Weather Center for temperature and precipitation trending information for 95120, or the Weather Channel for today’s weather forecast for 95120.
Almaden Valley Demographics
Almaden Valley Schools
There are 10 Almaden Valley Schools, 7 public schools and 3 private schools.
There are four Elementary Schools, two Middle Schools, and one High School located in Almaden. Each is part of District 5 of the San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD).
Additionally, many students who live in Almaden attend Guadalupe Elementary School, which is located in Almaden but part of the Union School District. Others attend Pioneer High School, which is part of District 5 but located outside of Almaden.
The student to teacher ratio in Almaden for public schools is 21:1, which is 2.6% greater than the San Jose student to teacher ratio.
Newsweek magazine has ranked Leland 54th in the nation in recognition of its high graduation rate, high level of college readiness, and college attendance among its students. The ranking was calculated using various data points, including enrollment rate, graduation rate, state-level assessment scores, weighted AP/IB composite score, and weighted SAT/ACT composite score.
Almaden Valley Quicksilver County Park
The main local attraction is Almaden Quicksilver County Park, which contains remnants of a historic mercury mine that produced more than $75 million in mineral wealth from the Gold Rush era to the 1970s. The San Jose mine’s name came from the Almaden Mine in Spain.
The park encompasses 4,152 acres, occupying a majority of Capitancillos Ridge. During early Spring, the park offers one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the region.
Almaden Quicksilver Park provides scenic hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. The park includes over 34.2 miles of hiking trails, 23 miles of equestrian trails, and 10 miles of bike trails. All trails in the park are also open to pet owners to walk their dogs on leash. Remnants of the mining era can be seen throughout the park and offer an exciting look into the mining operations.
A number of picnic tables are scattered throughout the park adjacent to the trails, and horse water troughs are available in a few locations. Ranger guided nature and history walks are available upon request. Call 268-3883 for more information.
Historic New Almaden
New Almaden, now a National Historic Landmark district, was California’s first mining operation – the largest quicksilver (mercury) mine the world has even known. New Almaden’s mines date back to 1845, and exploded following the Gold Rush of 1849, since mercury was needed to process gold and silver.
Residents of the New Almaden mining town lived in a bucolic company-owned community, and their lives were overseen by company-sponsored organizations. The company headquarters, known as “Casa Grande,” was designed by John McLaren, who later helped build Golden Gate Park.
Today, New Almaden’s mining legacy can be seen at the Casa Grande in New Almaden and New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, as well as the many historic homes of the mining community alongside the Alamitos Creek.
Most of the historic plaques in New Almaden honoring an historic event, place, or person have been installed by the fraternal organization, E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850.