Deep Gulch/Mine Hill Trails - Healthy Trail (Strenuous)

 

This trip is designated as a "Healthy Trail" by the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
 
Trail Info & Highlights
• Dirt parking lot shared by cars and horse trailers.

 

This trip is designated as a "Healthy Trail" by the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
 
Trail Info & Highlights
• Dirt parking lot shared by cars and horse trailers.
• Trail loop with multiple inclines and declines.
• 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.
 
Trail Directions
• From far southwest end of parking area, go to Deep Gulch Trailhead (behind fenced mine equipment display).
• Take Deep Gulch Trail 1.2 miles to intersection of English Camp Trail.
• Turn left on English Camp Trail and proceed 0.5 miles to Mine Hill Trail junction.
• Turn left on Mine Hill Trail and proceed 0.9 miles to Castillero Trail junction.
• Turn left on Castillero Trail and proceed 1.0 mile back to English Camp Trail.
• Turn right on English Camp Trail and proceed 1.3 miles to Mine Hill Trail.
• Turn right on Mine Hill Trail and proceed 0.4 miles back to parking lot.
 
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: address 21350 Almaden Rd, phone (408) 323-1107.

Photos by Ronald Horii.

 


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  • Duration Day Trip
  • Intensity Strenuous
  • Length 5.28 Miles

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