• 02/17/2024
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Hikeleader: Ron Gasparinetti


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Hike Date:  Saturday, February 17, 2024

Leader:  Ron Gasparinetti

Leader Email:

Leader Phone:  650 759-5345

Meeting Location (ONLY IF you've arranged for a ride):  Whole Foods; 2001 Market St. @ Dolores (on the Dolores St. side); parking on the street or below. OR The Rockridge BART station (at the bottom of the escalators).

Meeting Times:  9:00 AM from SF or Rockridge.  Rides will depart shortly after 9:00 AM

Rating: Level 3.5

Mileage:  8.6 Miles

Elevation Gain: 1644'

Description:  Almaden Quicksilver County Park is spectacular in natural diversity and a landmark of California history. The park is the site of over 135 years of mining activities and former home to more than 1,800 miners and their families. It occupies a majority of Capitancillos Ridge. Remnants of the mining era also offer an exciting look into the mining operations of the latter part of the 19th century.  The first 1.5 miles of the hike is a bit of a climb to get to the top of Miner's Hill.  It's pretty easy going after that with many little side jaunts to round out the experience.  Lunch will be taken with expansive views of the South Bay Area.  The trails are mostly wide and rocky/gravel.  All trails allow pets on a leash.

Bring / Wear:  Water, lunch, layers for a winter hike, sunscreen for any sunny areas.  Comfortable, durable hiking shoes.

Weather Policy: Hike will take place rain or shine.

Trailhead Meeting Place:  The main parking lot (aka: The Hacienda Entrance) of Almaden Quicksilver County Park at 21875 Almaden Rd.  There is a white belltower indicating the entrance which will be on your right.  Note that the final mile or so before the parking lot is through the small town of New Almaden.  Please obey the 25 mph speed limit.  Hike leader will meet you at this entrance near the restrooms. Google Maps Link

Trailhead Meeting Time:  10:15 AM

Trailhead Departure Time: 10:30 AM

Total driving distance, there and back: 126 miles from SF; 124 miles from Rockridge.

Passenger Carpool Fees from SF or Rockridge BART:  $16 

Level-3 Level-4 Level-5

< 5 miles
< 500' gain

moderately easy
5-7 miles
< 1000' gain
7-9 miles
< 1500' gain

9-12 miles
< 2000' gain 

very strenuous
12-15+ miles
  >2000' gain
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