Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a pawfect combination of natural beauty and history. Sprawling across a whopping 4,164 acres, this area played a major role in California’s mining past. It was once a hotbed for mercury mining and, at one point, was home to 1,800 miners and their families. Today, it is beautiful park that will make your pup bark for joy!
With 37 miles of trails, it’s safe to say this park is a hiker’s haven. Some of the trails are reserved for equestrians and others are meant for bikers. But dogs and their humans aren’t limited to where they can hike. To fully understand the park’s history, follow the Almaden Quicksilver Historic Trail. Pick up one of the brochures so your pup can learn all about the historical landmarks and what life was like back in the mining days. Various other trails wind through the wooded hills.
There are a couple things to be aware of when visiting the park. It’s important for you and your doggo to stay on the trail since there are old mine shafts in the park. This is also prime mountain lion habitat. Make plenty of noise so you don’t surprise the reclusive critters. Guadalupe Reservoir is situated on the property. Because of the water's high level of mercury, fishing is catch and release only. Stick to these guidelines, and you and your four legged hiking buddy are sure to have a furrific time!
Please note that drinking water is only available at the
Hacienda entrance and Mockingbird Hill entrance, so make sure your water bottles
are filled to the brim before setting off on your hike. Your pooch is bound to
get thirsty while exploring. Don’t forget to bring some clean up bags
and stoop and scoop when necessary. Your furry friend will agree, an afternoon
in Almaden Quicksilver County Park is time well spent!