(Short) Review: Almaden-Quicksilver Park, McAbee Road entrance

1924I am pretty sure I did a review of this trailhead before, but it was lost when the bulk of my blog vanished.  So this is just a short one, since I haven’t been back on this trail in a while now.  I found a roll of film that I shot while on a hike starting out from this trailhead into Alamaden-Quicksilver Park.

I was not particularly impressed by this trailhead, to be honest.  The trail starts off basically as a road, which means lot of joggers, bicyclists, power walkers, etc.  Of course, I have no problem with others that use these parks – none at all.  But it isn’t really a trail for quite some time.  The first photo here is of a post on a little bridge that makes up part of the path.  Again, it’s more than just a trail at the outset.

There are also a barn right when one gets onto the beginning of this trail, with at least one old, rusted out car abandoned there.  It’s not from 1924 – it’s an old VW Beetle.  But it’s still kind of cool. 

Eventually, however, the trail does appear. I don’t know exactly the combination of paths I took, but I know I ended up on the Guadalupe Trail at one point.  This is a relatively flat path but it’s also out in the open, meaning that it’s hot and really tires you out if it’s sunny.  It’s not a particularly scenic route, either, though it has its moments.  

along the trail

This second photo was taken somewhere along the trail.  I believe towards the beginning, before it opens out into the sun.  That part of the hike is pretty well covered, with nice foliage, big trees that hang over the path and provides pretty nice shade.  I am fairly certain this is the Senador Mine trail.  

I might go back just to try and remember what trails I took…

Comments (2)

  1. Christine

    Small world … I use to hike this park and started at this trail opening all the time. This was of course “back in the day” when I was in better shape and could make it up and down the hills. I have such fond memories of my hikes in this park … I’m really looking forward to seeing the pictures you post ; )

  2. kaiyen (Post author)

    I have all of my photos from my hikes at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaiyen/sets/72157605266463805/ though I need to do a better job of labeling them based on the reviews I do.

    I think this trailhead has a lot of potential, once one gets past the road-like entrance. It just wigs me out I guess, to be honest, to walk in on what looks like a road. But it is certainly easier on the knees :-).

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