Hacienda/Capehorn Pass/Mine Hill/ Virl Norton Trails - Healthy Trail (Moderate)

 

This trip is designated as a "Healthy Trail" by the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
 
Trail Info & Highlights
• Travel through chaparral, oak and California bay woodland ...


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This trip is designated as a "Healthy Trail" by the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
 
Trail Info & Highlights
• Travel through chaparral, oak and California bay woodland habitats with beautiful views of Almaden Valley.
• Series of steep inclines and declines with 30% shade cover.
• Picnic tables, restrooms, water, hitching post, horse trailer parking at trailhead.
• Abundant wildlife and spring wildflowers.
• Benches along trail; picnic table at Cape Horn Pass.
• Virl Norton Trail (portion of Bay Area Ridge Trail) is open to bikes/horses, but most of featured trail route is hiking and equestrian only; bikers may substitute alternate route to count for Healty Trails Challenge.
 
Trail Directions
• From parking lot, enter Hacienda Trail at right of trailhead signboard.
• Proceed uphill 0.9 miles to Cape Horn Pass Trail; turn right and proceed 0.2 miles.
• Turn left downhill on Mine Hill Trail and proceed 0.7 miles to Hacienda Trail.
• Turn left on Hacienda Trail; go 1.5 miles to Virl Norton Trail and turn right.
• Proceed 1.2 miles on Virl Norton Trail back to trailhead.
 
Almaden Quicksilver County Park
• Former site of extensive cinnabar/mercury mining activity in 18th and 19th centuries, 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 exhibits (21350 Almaden Rd., (408) 323-1107).
 
Photos by Ronald Horii.

 


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  • Duration Halfday
  • Intensity Moderate
  • Length 4.67 Miles
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