#PixInParks 2023 - Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Hicks/Wood Rd
San Jose, CA 95120

No Parking Fee

AQ - Wood Road Entrance

Wood Road/Hidalgo Cemetery
Trail Length: 3.9 miles (Out and Back)
Degree of difficulty: Moderate  


Wood Road Trail Update:  This trail will be closed Monday through Friday until the completion of the calcine remediation project (approximately October 31st).  The trail will be open on the weekends.  The project will continue with erosion control, irrigation and planting from November 1- December 31. Wood Road Trail will be open on weekdays starting November 1, however, there will be exception days for additional hauling of soil and debris. Notification shall be posted on those days.

Park Notes

  • Former site of extensive cinnabar/mercury mining activity in 18th and 19thcenturies, with remnants of mining era remaining throughout park
  • Extensive trail system through shaded oak, mixed woodland and grassland areas
  •  Nearby Casa Grande and New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum feature newly furnished period rooms and mining exhibit

Trail Info & Highlights

  • Dirt parking lot shared by cars and horse trailers
  • Trail is wide dirt road with some moderate and steep ascents and descents
  • Portable restrooms at trailhead; rest areas at English Camp and along trails
  • Diversity in wildlife and habitats, from mixed oak woodlands, open grasslands, serpentine, riparian
  • Mine operation relics at English Camp, Rotary Furnace, San Cristobal Mine
  • Scenic views of foothills and Santa Clara Valley
  • Seasonal wildflowers, year-round wildlife viewing

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