Almaden Quicksilver History Hike
Come explore the landscape around the historic New Almaden mercury mine. Mining ceased in 1976, but New Almaden was once the 2nd largest producer of mercury in the world. (That’s how the San Jose Mercury News got its name!)
Our history hike takes us through the rolling foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We’ll enjoy wonderful views of downtown San Jose and the Diablo Mountain Range to the east and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west.
Photo: Allie Caulfield via Flickr
We’ll assemble at the staging area for the Hacienda entrance. It is a right turn off of Almaden Express Way on to Almaden Rd. Then 3 miles to staging area, in New Almaden, pass the Museum, Casa Granda. Right into Hacienda Entrance staging area to park & hike.
Bring water, snacks and lunch, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Bring poles if you normally use them. If you have questions about this outing, email Ken Lavin or phone (415) 543-6771 x321.