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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Almaden Quicksilver County Park

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4.7

Miles

7.6

KM

Point to Point

1,573' 479 m

High

446' 136 m

Low

477' 145 m

Up

1,356' 413 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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Description

A steady climb to the slopes of Mount Umunhum takes you through a beautiful landscape once actively mined for quicksilver. The Ridge Trail follows old mining roads over these hills, where you can imagine New Almaden Mine's heyday. Historic buildings and interpretive panels tell the story of the community that once occupied these hills. Superb views look out over the Santa Clara Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains. Much of this route is exposed and can be hot in summer; plan accordingly.

Elevation Gain/Loss 1,160 feet/345 feet one-way

This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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The old English Camp, pictured here, was a town of about 1000 people inhabited by miners and their families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when nearby mines were active.
Jan 1, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The Quicksilver Hills and Santa Cruz Mountains hide their peaks in the clouds on a stormy winter day along the Wood Road Trail.
Feb 5, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The Santa Cruz Mountains are shrouded in clouds on a stormy winter day along the Wood Road Trail.
Feb 5, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The Santa Cruz Mountains stand in fleeting sunlight on a stormy winter day along the Wood Road Trail.
Feb 5, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The Wood Road Trail meanders through the Quicksilver Hills with the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance.
Feb 5, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The Santa Cruz Mountains poke through the clouds on a stormy winter day along the Wood Road Trail.
Feb 5, 2017 near Almaden…, CA

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