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The Santa Cruz Mountains are on the right when looking northwest on the Providencia Trail.
Jan 5, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Mt. Umunhum (left) and Mt. Thayer (right) loom in the distant Santa Cruz Mountains from the Enriquita Trail.
Jan 5, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
A piece of old mining equipment clutters the otherwise-beautiful site of the old Enriquita Mine.
Jan 5, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The start of April Trail marks a pleasant beginning on any adventure to explore old mining sites.
Jan 3, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
April Trestle (remnants seen here) carried cinnabar (mercury ore) in mining cars out of April Tunnel, which cut deep into Mine Hill.
Jan 3, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
This is the view approaching the remnants of April Trestle on April Trail. Mining ore cars brought cinnabar (mercury ore) out of the April Tunnel at the left end of April Trestle.
Jan 3, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
April Trestle is nestled against Mine Hill. April Tunnel (leading into Mine Hill) is at the left end of the trestle. Ore cars rode the trestle.
Jan 3, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Powder House (restored) was where blasting powder (used to make mine tunnels, shafts, etc.) was kept.
Jan 3, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
From the thick woods down in the Deep Gulch Trail, the view looks across Deep Gulch to hills on the other side of the gulch (lighter green through the trees).
Jan 3, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The tread is quite smooth going to the site of the old English Camp on the English Camp Trail.
Jan 2, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The rugged hills of southeastern Quicksilver Park are quite scenic from the English Camp Trail.
Jan 2, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The Hacienda Entrance to Quicksilver Park features the site of the old Hacienda Furnace and Reduction Works. In the lower right, a display of old mining machinery greets visitors to the park.
Jan 1, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The Mine Hill Trail offers occasional glimpses of the San Francisco East Bay.
Jan 1, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The Castillero Trail offers an interesting perspective into the ruins of the old mine office.
Jan 1, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
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
New Year's Day brings sunshine and group-wide smiles to the Great Eastern Trail Connector.
Jan 1, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
This is a view of the site of the old Day Tunnel entrance (lower right) with San Francisco's East Bay Hills in the distance.
Jan 1, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The Old San Cristobal Mine Tunnel hides right within the hillside.
Jan 1, 2017 near Almaden…, CA