New Almaden Park - TRAIL

New Almaden Park - Trail, San Jose, California

Dry and can be hot but lots of oaks. Great views. Old mercury mines and mine roads all over. Fireroads only. All single track is presently closed to bikes. Moderate hill climb at beginning and near Guadalupe Reservoir, but overall this isn't too steep and the roads are smooth and wide.

User Reviews (11)

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bayareaboarder   Cross Country Rider [Sep 06, 2003]

I rode this for the first time yesterday. I took the reccommended rout of going clockwise. Are you guys sure there is less climbing that going counterclockwise? Seems to me if going counterclockise the climb is more gradual. I'll try counterclockwise next time and see how it goes. Other than that great beginner run! zero technical stuff, but lots of fun going fast down!

Customer Service

Clockwise for 3+ miles of climbing.

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4
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binh   [Aug 22, 1999]

fire road only, good for early season riding, only about 11 mile loop, good for begginers

Customer Service

Start at Hacienda entrance and go in a clockwise direction, this is much better than going in a counterclockwise direction.

Similar Products Used: santa teresa (fun single tracks)
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3
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Jamis   [Jun 12, 2000]

A pretty nice ride. Starts with a long (3.1 miles) but gradual climb. All on fire roads. Amateur geologists look for red rock outcroppings, they contain mercury and used to be mined here.

Customer Service

There is only one trail, but clockwise is better..

Similar Products Used: Wilder in Santa Cruz..
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3
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Geoff   [Mar 26, 2001]

I have only been riding trails for about two weeks now and thought I would check this on out as it was rated for begginers. While the fire roads are not at all technical the long gradual hill to the top will get your lungs and thighs burning if you are as out of shape as I apparently am. I can see myself coming back and reriding after I do some more conditioning and get in better aerobic shape. I currently weigh about 240 pounds and that is a lot to lug up a hill. All in all this is a fun ride with a lot of natural history in the area and the ride back down is fun and quick. It would be a good ride for a patient family to take I would imagine.

Customer Service

I rode straight up from the Hacienda parking area on the mine trail.

Similar Products Used: I am still searching.
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3
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West Syder Ryder   [Apr 16, 2001]

Loooooong, gradual climb. Trail is boring, but a good early season workout for an old (37) guy with 2 knee ops. Wildlife and views are SPECTACULAR! Towering views and lots of critters. Ride is worth it for the views alone. In addition, I see plenty of rabbits, some deer, saw a wild pig at dusk the first time I rode this trail, and saw either a mountain lion or bobcat the other time I rode this trail. Love that downhill at the end!

Customer Service

Only one loop - rode clockwise

Similar Products Used: Los Alamitos Creek - beginners
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4
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juan   [Oct 15, 2001]

Watch out not all trails open to bikes and if your on one that doesn't allow bikes all the walkers will let you know. Not worth driving to if your more than a half hour away. Rangers will take your bike if your riding the wrong trails. watch out

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1
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gyno   [Nov 01, 2001]

I've ridden it both counter and clockwise, and counter is harder cause after you climb you have to climb again on the west ridge and then go to the top before coming down. The east ridge is more flat overall. Clock does give you a longer downhill at the end than counter.

Not technical at all, a few places you need to watch it, one hairpin descend on the west ridge. Really nice ride for sight and smell, a good workout ride. Haven't explored any off trail. 4 star for the area and type of trail (fireroads)

Customer Service

Up and then clockwise, better than jetlag and counter!

Similar Products Used: trails close by are Santa Teresa, lots more variety there, but not as pretty
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4
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Bill B   [Apr 30, 2002]

Don't worry about the Rangers they are non existant in this park. They can't take your bike, there is no section in the penal code or county muni code for that. They can cite you but first have to catch you! This is the same trail as Quicksilver Park... This trail is great. I Walk / Hike and bike this park and all of it's varied trails. They are fun and eventful with some very nice scenery. The start is sort'a tuff but once on top it's smooth sailing from there. Try Bull Run,it's all up hill and a bitch! HAve fun and Ride! Don't forget to bring atleast 2 water bottles.

Customer Service

Just get there!

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5
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Brent   [May 07, 2002]

Fire roads with nice views. It would be nice if they legalized some of the single track. This is a good eveing ride to stay in shape if you live close by (which I do). Nothing technical about the (legal) trails at all except for some relatively fast switchbacks dropping towards the resevoir. Dirt gets loose in the summer and I noticed this weekend that many of the corners have had gravel sprinkled on them.

Customer Service

clockwise loop. If it is really hot, stay to the right at the second Y (the one after the first picnic bench) as it is shadier.

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3
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Tony   [Feb 13, 2003]

The Trails are good but the rangers are Dicks! They go out of the way to radar people coming down hills and won't hesitate to give you a ticket for riding on a non-legal trail that has no signs posted. Main point-Be careful! great riding but you have to be ready for a scamful bunch of want to be cops.

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4
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