The Almaden Quicksilver Park is an open fireroads and singletrack ride. There are lots of hills. Some areas of the park have awesome views of the valley while others areas go down into low valleys where you think you are hundreds of miles from civilization. Some areas are open and grassy while others are dark and wooded. There are lots of birds, deer, and occasional coyotes. There several remains of a mercury mining operation to see including a big building where they used to separate the mercury from the ore. Lots of other interesting artifacts from the old mining days... ghost like buildings, cemetery, collapsed 1-room school house, and mine shafts (blocked). Its well worth the visit.
First, the directions to the trail is wrong. It took us to a trailhead that is bike restricted. You can find a bike trail off Mockingbird Hill Lane.
Second, "novice" rating was very misleading. The hills are aggressive and were way over the skill, and unfortunately fitness levels of our group.
As a mountain biking newbie I was way over my head. Maybe a few months down the road I'll go back.
Same as post above.
If you continue around to the South end of the park you will find a mtn bike entrance as well as the entrance on the West (full parking lots and not in a neighborhood).
My recommendation would be to grab a map at one of the entrances and continue around the park in a clockwise rotation.
Bring lots of water and prepare to not see a bathroom.
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