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Mockingbird Loop Information

Enjoy a long, rocky trek with beautiful views in one of the South Bay's largest open spaces.

Watch for:

In spring, look for Douglas iris, California sorrel, baby blue eyes and blue eyed grass.

Hiking Details for Mockingbird Loop

Distance: 3.9 miles

Elevation change: 600 feet

Hiking time: 3 hours

Trail surface: Uneven, mostly exposed

Best Season: Spring and fall

Managing agency: Santa Clara County Parks

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: If you’re curious about local history, this is the hike for you. This park is the site of the first quicksilver (mercury) mining operation in California, and also the most productive mine in state history. With over 30 miles of trails, there’s lots to explore. But this loop hike is our favorite. Although bikes are allowed on much of the trail, the end of the loop is hiking-only, so bikers will need to turn back and retrace their path.

From the Mockingbird Hill entrance follow the Hacienda Trail, right on Capehorn Pass Trail, right on the Randol Trail, right on the Buena Vista Trail, and right on the New Almaden Trail back to the parking lot.

It can get quite hot at this preserve in the summer months, so plan accordingly and, when hiking in the heat, pack plenty of water.

Directions to Mockingbird Loop

From Highway 85, take the Almaden Expressway exit south 4.5 miles to Almaden Road. Proceed 0.5 miles on Almaden Road to Mockingbird Hill Lane, turn right and continue 0.4 miles to the parking area.

More About Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a landmark in California history. For over 135 years, the site was home to mining activities and home to more than 1800 miners and their families. You’ll find remnants of mining structures throughout the park along with helpful interpretive signage.

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